The compact VW Tiguan crossover SUV is another brand’s offering in the US alongside the larger Atlas, designed with the US buyers demands in mind. The all-new Tiguan arrived in the US for the 2018 model year, 11 inches longer than the version before, with the optional third row of seats and a long range of trim options. The newest Tiguan provides also a lot of room for the passengers and cargo. VW delivers the second-generation Tiguan with the single engine in the US. The short-wheelbase version is available outside the US with more powertrain options.
As for the next 2020 VW Tiguan, there are no signs that VW is prepping notable design or powertrain upgrades. The next Tiguan will likely stay pretty much the same fare. VW was, however, spotted testing the high-performance Tiguan R version but it is a short wheelbase version for the European market. This model will get more aggrieve front and rear fascia and a more potent turbocharged engine with the output around 300 hp. There are no hints, that the US-spec version will get similar treatment.
2020 VW Tiguan: Design
There shouldn’t be notable styling upgrades on the 2020 VW Tiguan as the latest reports suggest. The current Tiguan is a fresh design in accordance with the brand’s new design language and it will continue in the same form to the next model year.
The Tiguan is based on the brand’s widespread platform and rides on 11 inches longer wheelbase than the version it replaced. The look of the model is also more modern with more defined body lines and the brand’s newest styling elements.
The front section has the brand’s latest interpretation of the grille and modern headlights. The chiseled lines on the hood and side panels improve the model’s appearance and the Tiguan has a sleek front bumper and conventional rear-end style.
The model starts the journey with the 17-inch wheels on the base trim and upgrades to 18-inch units in the mid-range trim. The upper grades will offer 19- and 20-inch options.
The interior of the model will also stay the same story for the new model year. The Tiguan has a modern cabin with the driver-focused dash design and comfortable first and middle rows. The available third row will be adequate for the kids. The model will deliver up to 75.3 cubic feet of cargo or 37.6 cubic feet with the front and middle seats up. Behind the third row will be 12 cubic feet of space.
The buyers will get the base Tiguan version with the automatic headlights, heated mirrors, cloth upholstery, roof rails, and modern tech features. The 6.5-inch screen interface combined with Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Car-Net App Connect will be installed alongside the six speakers.
The base trim will also get an optional package with the safety systems such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, etc.
The next trim will add a number of the goodies like the heated front seats, dual-zone climate control upgraded upholstery, larger 8-inch display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, etc.
The mid-range versions will upgrade with the 18-inch wheels, navigation, and more tech and safety features.
In the top grades, buyers will get leather upholstery, premium Fender sound system, surround vision cameras, and more.
2020 VW Tiguan: Powertrain
The 2020 VW Tiguan will likely remain a single-engine-powered model for the new market year. The Tiguan will rely on the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit capable of producing 184 hp and torque of 221 pound-feet. The engine will route the power via the 8-speed automatic transmission either to the front or optionally to all wheels.
The Tiguan is rated according to EPA to 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway with the all-wheel-drive installed. The front-wheel-drive versions won’t be much better with 22 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
The Tiguan could obtain a more potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the larger Atlas in order to provide a better-performance option. This engine makes 235 hp in the Atlas but no signs appeared that VW is considering that option.
2020 VW Tiguan: Release, Price
The 2020 VW Tiguan should appear in the next few months. VW won’t likely change the price much. The current version starts from around $24, 000 but reaches close to $40, 000 in the best-equipped version.