Volkswagen is already working on the next generation of the Tiguan and our spy photographers have captured two mules from the next model test in the Alps. The SUV is expected to arrive by 2024 and will most likely come in the form of an electric vehicle.
The Tiguan mules take over the bodywork of the current model with some modifications. The most obvious change in the models shown is the fully covered grille, which, combined with the lack of visible exhaust pipes, speaks in favor of an EV powertrain.
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The new front bumper is somewhat reminiscent of the Lamborghini Urus and is well integrated for a dummy part that will probably not be used in production. The rest of the bodywork remains unchanged from the facelifted Tiguan which was introduced in 2020, following the launch of the second generation in 2015. The wheelbase and front/rear track appear correct, which could mean the next Tiguan will retain a similar footprint with the current model based on the MQB platform.
As for electrification, the current model is available in the eHybrid plug-in hybrid variant with a combined output of 245 PS (242 HP / 180 kW) and an EV range of 50 km (31 miles). Still, the competition in the compact SUV segment is getting tougher and Volkswagen will be stepping up the game in the next generation. We don’t know if VW is opting for an EV-only Tiguan based on the MEB architecture, but it’s possible the new model will be offered in both ICE and EV engine form. This would differentiate it from the ID.4 and allow hybrid alternatives to be offered until VW becomes an electric-only automaker.
Camouflaged prototypes of the next VW Tiguan are expected to appear as early as 2023, a year before the model makes its official debut. Next, we’ll find out more about the design – which should be inspired by the ID model range – and the technical specifications of the SUV.
Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops