The next North American Tiguan could be based on the Chinese Tayron.
Could Volkswagen bring back an hybrid version of the Tiguan?
Currently, Volkswagen’s only option in the EV compact SUV segment is the ID.4. The catch is that the electric SUV isn’t as roomy inside as its gasoline-powered counterpart, the Volkswagen Tiguan. And since the Wolfsburg-based giant has already indicated that it intends to keep the Tiguan name in the electric era, it’s fair to wonder when this other utility model will come to market.
During its financial results speech earlier this week, Volkswagen’s senior management confirmed that a new electric crossover would be launched in 2026. Unsurprisingly, Volkswagen did not reveal the identity of this upcoming model, but we can speculate on the possible arrival of this electric Tiguan.
For now, the presentation of the model’s third generation in Europe earlier in the fall of 2023 suggests that this model will be electrified on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. But what about North America, with its penchant for roomier vehicles? After all, the current version of the Tiguan is a longer version of the model distributed elsewhere in the world, and we can even add the long-awaited ID.Buzz to this strategy for the USA and Canada, the electric van that will be longer than the one sold internationally.
We’ll certainly have to be patient before finding out more, but another scenario could also unfold. When the short-wheelbase Tiguan was unveiled last September, a senior Volkswagen executive told Carscoops that the Tayron SUV sold in China would become the basis for the new version of the North American Tiguan. The current Volkswagen Tayron offers dimensions very similar to the North American Tiguan, another indication of the likelihood of a new type of Tiguan in North America.
It now remains to be seen whether this new model, expected in 2026, will be exclusively electric or whether, on the contrary, the brand’s direction will pursue a two-model approach, one 100% electric and one with a combustion engine. Volkswagen could indeed decide to reintroduce a hybrid option, the technology that has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity in recent months.
Whatever the scenario, consumers looking for a compact SUV with generous dimensions can expect to see a renewed, electrified Tiguan by 2026. As for nomenclature, it wouldn’t be surprising if the next model changed to ID.Tiguan, but for the moment this is pure speculation.