The Tiguan is Volkswagen’s best-selling nameplate in North America.
More than 6 million have been built since 2007.
The 2022 Tiguan arrives here in the fall of 2021
You might be wondering what happened to the 2021 model year Tiguan. Fear not as it will come before long. So why information and images for the 2022 Tiguan? Europe gets it in only a few short weeks. In order to avoid questions, comments, and the lot, Volkswagen of America opted to give us a glimpse into the new 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan, with a handful of forewarnings.
Let’s begin with the caveats. The Tiguan you see in the images is a “regular” wheelbase version and North America will continue to only receive the long-wheelbase iteration. Remember, Volkswagen will introduce a new smaller SUV, a sub-Tiguan if you will, next year. Also, there’s an eHYBRID in the picture gallery and it’s not slated for our market either. With the Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV planned for later this year; a PHEV Tiguan would serve little to no purpose here. Other than the R-Line Tiguan in the gallery, you’ll also spot a Tiguan R. Unlike the eHYBRID, the high-performance R is not off-limits. But that’s all we know for now.
Now, for the Tiguan. It has been quite a successful product for Volkswagen in North America of late. In the US, 110,000 were delivered in 2019 and just shy of 20,000 found new homes in Canada in the same year. In the US, the Tiguan has taken as the top seller however in Canada, the Golf family still holds the top spot, for now. Even so, between 2018 and 2019, more 240,000 were sold in our markets making the Tiguan VW’s best-selling product. The reasons for its popularity are simple: It’s stylish, spacious, competitively priced, and generally good to drive.
Updates Are Skin-Deep
On the final three points, Volkswagen won’t change much for 2022. The turbocharged 184 horsepower 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine with the 8-speed automatic transmission and various drive modes are unchanged. Volkswagen says that some driveability improvements will come for 2022 through software updates but there are no mechanical changes. 4MOTION AWD will continue to optional or standard depending on trims.
The updates are skin-deep for the 2022 Tiguan and are welcome. The current Tiguan remains extremely attractive, especially with the popular R-Line trim. Even so, the updated front end with broader grille, new bumper and standard LED headlights are visually impactful. The rear changes include revised lettering and lettering location (below the VW logo for “Tiguan”) and standard LED lighting.
To go along with the facelift are new colours including Oryx white and Kings red as well as new wheels for all trims, form 17- to 20 inches. The R-Line package (30% take rate in the US) returns with sharper accents in its unique bumpers and side sills.
The cabin’s overall class rises a few notches with a standard 8-inch digital cockpit (10-inch unit available), new upgrade decor, a multi-function touch-sensitive steering wheel, heated cloth seats, and more. Features like wireless App-Connect, Climatronic Touch, and the latest version of Volkswagen’s MIB3 (enables apps, online functions, and services).
Here too, new colours will be offered (cinnamon and noisette) based on designation and exterior shades. There will also be new patterns and stitching once more based on pricing. In the US, the optional 3rd row of seats has a surprising 23% take rate with AWD (it is standard with FWD models). Although it is quite nearly impossible to use unless you’re under 5-feet tall, VW thinks more customers will opt for it once the new smaller SUV arrives in 2021. Besides, if you want or need extra room or seating, there are the Atlas Cross Sport and Atlas right next-door in the showroom.
The Canadian trim walk will be identical to the current 2020 model year Tiguan. That is to say: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Execline. These four grades will match up with the US trims which are, and feature the following:
S – 17-inch wheels, new steering wheel, 8-inch Digital Cockpit, heated cloth seats, keyless entry;
SE – 18-inch wheels, power tailgate, remote start, active cruise control, lane assist, 8-inch display, Climatronic Touch;
SE R-Line Black – 19-inch wheels, R-Line body kit, sport steering wheel (beefier perforated leather steering wheel);
SEL R-Line – 20-inch wheels, 10-inch digital cockpit, ambient lighting, predictive active cruise control, and more.
The lists of amenities is not complete as product planning teams in both countries are still ironing out details. This also explains why we’re still a ways away from getting pricing.
The Volkswagen Tiguan continues to conquer SUV-lovers’ hearts the world over. In just over 12 years, more than 6 million have been built, 911,000 last year alone. As stipulated, Europe will get the short wheelbase Tigger in a few short weeks. The LWB, also known as the Allspace, will only hit our American and Canadian shores from the Puebla, Mexico, plant in October of 2021.