The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrives in dealerships this summer. In case you didn’t know, it is significantly larger than its predecessor, with seating for up to seven, so a new, more potent engine was in order.
The Tiguan will receive the most advanced version ever of Volkswagen’s turbocharged and direct-injected EA888 4-cylinder engine promising an improved combination of power, efficiency and responsiveness. The majority of the engine—from the cast-iron block to the aluminum-alloy pistons and cylinder head to the valve springs—has been updated.
The peak 184 hp kicks in at 4,400 rpm. Sure, that’s a drop of 16 hp compared with the outgoing Tiguan, but maximum torque jumps to 221 lb-ft (+14) and is achieved from 1,600-3,940 rpm. Meanwhile, new TSI injectors and a variable valve timing system on the intake camshaft that can switch between short and long valve opening help boost efficiency, although official fuel consumption ratings have yet to be announced.
The new 2.0L TSI engine will be the only powerplant offered with the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. It is slightly different from the 235-hp unit to be found in the equally new Volkswagen Atlas, another key part of the German manufacturer’s latest SUV offensive.