All-New 3rd Gen VW Tiguan Unveiled! Arriving in Early 2024
September 20, 2023
Volkswagen has just announced the launch of the third generation of its Tiguan model, a compact SUV that has seen over 7.6 million units sold since its debut in 2007. The latest version is set to be available in overseas dealerships by the first quarter of 2024.
However, timing has not yet been confirmed for the Australian market and it is likely to be closer towards the end of 2024 or early 2025 due to global demand.
Externally, the Tiguan has undergone design changes, with its drag coefficient now at 0.28, down from the previous 0.33. The front-end features flat LED headlights, while the rear is accentuated by a horizontal LED strip.
Kai Grünitz, Brand Board Member for Technical Development, commented on the technology integrated into the Tiguan: "The Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB evo) forms the technical foundation of the Tiguan's third generation. The scale of the MQB evo allows for the integration of developments such as the DCC Pro and the hybrid drives."
The vehicle incorporates hybrid drives, offering an electric range of approximately 100 km. For the eHybrid versions, there's support for AC and standard DC rapid charging.
Inside, the Tiguan introduces a Digital Cockpit, a 38-centimetre infotainment screen, a windscreen-based head-up display, and a multifunction driving switch with an OLED display. Additionally, the IDA voice assistant is available for various vehicle commands.
The MQB evo platform supports multiple drive types for the Tiguan, including turbo diesel engines (TDI), turbo gasoline engines (TSI), mild hybrid turbo gasoline engines (eTSI), and plug-in hybrid systems (eHybrid). All of these are set to pair exclusively with the automatic transmission (DSG). Gear positions will be managed through a steering column switch.
For driving dynamics, the adaptive chassis control DCC Pro and the Vehicle Dynamics Manager have been included. For seating, the Tiguan offers ergoActive Plus seats with features like pneumatic adjustments and a 10-chamber pressure massage function.
In terms of lighting, the Tiguan incorporates the new IQ.LIGHT HD matrix headlights, equipped with 38,400 multipixel LEDs.
The model comes with standard assist systems, such as Side Assist, Front Assist, and Lane Assist. Additional options include Park Assist Pro and Trailer Assist.
Lastly, the new Tiguan is slightly longer by approximately three centimetres, resulting in a luggage compartment increase by 37 litres, leading to a total capacity of 652 litres.
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