The first-generation Volkswagen Tiguan stuck around for more than a decade, but it appears the current model will have a much shorter life cycle.
Auto Express reports the company is already working on a redesigned crossover and it is slated to arrive in 2022. Little is known about the model, but publication says it will feature a radical new design that is far sportier than the current crossover.
Details are limited, but the 2022 Tiguan will reportedly have a coupe-like appearance. As part of this effort, the model could have a rakish windscreen, a steeply sloping roof and curvier bodywork. This would be a big change as the current Tiguan is rather boxy and anonymous.
Less is known about the interior, but it will reportedly follow in the footsteps of the Euro-spec Passat. As a result, we can expect a digital instrument cluster and a widescreen infotainment system.
Despite the sportier styling, interior room shouldn’t be drastically affected. Sources told the publication that cargo room will remain “relatively unchanged” at around 16.6 cubic feet (470 liters) with the rear seats up. Customers looking for something roomier will reportedly be able to buy an Allspace variant which will be roughly 9.8 inches (250 mm) longer than the standard model.
Under the skin, the next-generation Tiguan is expected to ride on an updated version of the MQB platform. Engine options will reportedly be shared with the upcoming Golf and could include two plug-in hybrid options with outputs of around 170 hp (127 kW / 173 PS) and 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS). There’s also word of a high-performance Tiguan R with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing up to 350 hp (261 kW / 355 PS).
Perhaps one of the most interesting rumors is the possibly of a Level 4 semi-autonomous driving system. It would be a step below a fully autonomous vehicle, but it could allow drivers to stop paying attention to the road under certain conditions.