Volkswagen has just revealed the all-new third-generation Tiguan. Arriving in European and other markets in the first quarter of 2024, the new Tiguan brings with it a range of innovative features and technologies based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB evo). This latest iteration promises enhanced efficiency, comfort, and agility, according to Kai Grünitz, Brand Board Member for Technical Development at Volkswagen.
Before we go on, the next-generation Tiguan’s North American variant will be based on the long-wheelbase (LWB) version of this SUV and is set to debut next year.
Powertrain efficiency gains are made through the introduction of new mild-hybrid eTSI and plug-in-hybrid engine technologies, the latter offering an all-electric range of around 100 km. For the first time, fast DC charging will be standard, alongside faster AC charging for all eHybrid versions. A diverse range of other drivetrains, including turbo diesel engines (TDI) and turbo gasoline engines (TSI) will also be available, all exclusively paired with automatic transmission (DSG).
The new Volkswagen Tiguan’s interior has been overhauled, incorporating a Digital Cockpit and a new generation of infotainment systems. Key elements include an available infotainment screen that measures up to 38 centimetres (15 inches), a new head-up display, and a multifunction driving experience switch with an integrated OLED display. The cockpit landscape is not only smartly designed but also intuitive to use, thanks to features like the new IDA voice assistant, which allows for natural language interaction for various vehicle functions.
One of the standout technological advancements and likely the one that will most influence the Tiguan’s driving experience is the adaptive chassis control system DCC Pro. This system integrates with the Vehicle Dynamics Manager, a feature that debuted in the current Golf GTI. This system enhances vehicle stability and agility by controlling the electronic differential locks and the shock absorbers’ dynamic components. In addition, the vehicle offers an extensive range of convenience and assist systems, such as Dynamic Road Sign Display, Lane Assist, and Front Assist, with optional systems like Park Assist Pro with remote parking capability.
The exterior design has also been refreshed, now featuring flat LED headlights and a glass-covered horizontal strip at the front, along with improved aerodynamics. The drag coefficient of the vehicle has been reduced from 0.33 to 0.28. Interestingly, despite only a minor increase in overall length, the luggage capacity has increased by 37 litres to 652 litres.
With more than 7.6 million units sold since its 2007 debut, the Tiguan is one of Volkswagen’s most successful models. This new generation aims to build on that success by democratizing high-tech features, in line with Volkswagen’s strategy to make them accessible to a wider audience.
Finally, the Canadian and American versions of the new third-generation Tiguan should very much look like the European one. As for motivation, no TDI will ever set foot on our shores however there’s a strong likelihood that the other three will all eventually make their way here. We’ll find out more before long.