New Third-Generation Volkswagen Tiguan Revealed – U.S. Version to Be Announced in 2024

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Volkswagen enthusiasts and SUV lovers in the United States have something to look forward to in 2024 as the German automaker has unveiled the latest iteration of its popular Tiguan model for Europe. The Tiguan has long been a staple in Volkswagen’s U.S. lineup, but it’s been a while since it received a comprehensive overhaul. This new third-generation Tiguan promises to be a game-changer, with a host of updates and innovations.

One of the key changes in this new Tiguan is its foundation. Volkswagen has integrated its cutting-edge MQB Evo platform into the design, a move that not only enhances the vehicle’s structural integrity but also contributes to improved aerodynamics. The sleeker shape of the SUV boasts a drag coefficient of just 0.28, demonstrating Volkswagen’s commitment to optimizing efficiency and performance.

Under the hood, the 2024 Tiguan will be offered with a variety of engine options to cater to different preferences. This includes conventional gasoline engines, efficient turbodiesels, and a fascinating mild-hybrid setup. However, the highlight is undoubtedly the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant. Volkswagen claims an impressive electric range of up to 62 miles, although it’s essential to note that this figure is likely based on the more optimistic WLTP test cycle. Real-world electric range in the U.S. is expected to be slightly lower, as per the EPA standards. Unfortunately, detailed specifications for the PHEV and other powertrain options are still under wraps.

Inside the new Tiguan, Volkswagen has spared no effort in revamping the interior to create a more user-friendly and luxurious driving experience. Notable updates include a redesigned steering wheel with physical buttons and a new rotary dial controller for various functions, such as stereo volume control. The centerpiece of the cabin remains the 15-inch touchscreen display, flanked by intuitive touch controls for the climate system. This touchscreen unit is likely an upgraded version from Volkswagen’s other models, featuring backlit buttons and an enhanced infotainment system.

Comfort and convenience are also top priorities for the new Tiguan. The interior boasts an abundance of ambient lighting, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Furthermore, the seats can be equipped with massage and automatic heating functions, ensuring a pleasurable ride regardless of the weather or road conditions. Cargo space has also received a boost, with an additional 1.3 cubic feet, bringing the total to just over 23 cubic feet. For U.S. consumers, an even more spacious long-wheelbase version will be available, offering even more room and potentially a third row of seats.

Safety has not been overlooked in the new Tiguan, with a comprehensive suite of standard safety technologies. This includes lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, road sign recognition, and automatic emergency braking. Volkswagen is also offering a parking assistance system and a trailering assistance function, catering to a wide range of driving scenarios.

For American buyers, the good news is that the U.S. will receive the longer version of the Tiguan, a tradition carried over from the previous generation. This extended version is expected to be unveiled next year and promises to offer additional space and possibly a third row of seats. While the diesel engine option may not make it to U.S. shores, the plug-in hybrid variant appears to be a strong contender in the increasingly competitive hybrid market.


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