The Volkswagen Tiguan has watched its electric ID.4 brother eat into its market share, but the combustion SUV is still an important element in VW’s lineup. It passed the six-million-unit mark in 2020 and it isn’t only VW’s most popular SUV, but also the brand’s best-selling model of any kind worldwide.
That’s why VW didn’t hesitate to get started on an all-new Tiguan for the 2024 model year, seen here undergoing cold-weather tests in Scandinavia, ahead of a 2023 reveal.
The ICE-powered Tiguan and electric ID.4 might be easily distinguished by their power sources, but judging by these spy shots it looks like they’re going to get closer in style. The third-generation Tiguan is dropping its arrow-straight horizontal swage lines for a curvier shape that accentuates the front and rear fenders.
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The new car will also get a new front-end treatment similar to the one on the Mk8 Golf, though Volkswagen’s test team has tried hard to obscure that fact with some cunning sticker on the nose of this test car that looks like a traditional VW grille. The real grille opening will be much narrower, the hood and bumper closing in around the VW roundel in the center, and leaving only a slim channel between them.
We also know from previous spy shots that the interior is in for a substantial makeover that includes replacing the in-dash infotainment system with a tablet-style alternative. And it looks like it will be a bigger, squarer screen than the one currently fitted to the ID.4, though we expect the electric SUV to be updated with the same tech next year.
What you find under the hood will depend on where you buy your Tiguan, but there won’t be any pure EV version – that’s the ID.4’s territory. Instead, the Tiguan will focus on a familiar mix of petrol and diesel combustion engines, including a plug-in hybrid, and continue to offer both front- and all-wheel drive transmission options.
Prices are likely to remain fairly consistent with today’s too, presuming the world’s governments can get that pesky inflation under control. So if you can afford the $26,950 / £29,100 it takes to get into a basic 2023 Tiguan, you’ll still be able to afford its replacement.
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