The Tiguan is Volkswagen’s compact crossover offering. From the moment it joined the ranks of the Jetta and Golf in VW showrooms about 5 years ago, it was dubbed the GTI of crossovers, and with good reason.
Based on the MK5 Golf platform and powered by the same turbocharged 200 horsepower 2.0L engine as the fabled GTI, the CUV’s playful and performance oriented drive was immediately noticeable, and much appreciated. So much was it esteemed, in fact, that I owned one for a few years.
Given that we, as a society, are never truly satisfied with what we have, questions about the future arose almost immediately: When will the diesel TDI become available? Will a DSG transmission be offered? What about an actual GTI edition?
Clearly, none of these “wants” came to be with the 1st generation of the Tiguan but the next, expected late this year or early in 2016 (more probable), will likely have a number of options made possible for we, the “never-happy-bunch.”
The new Tiguan will be built on the MQB platform which serves as the basic building block for a large number of products including the Golf, Passat, TT, A3 and so on.
As such, we could see a new Tiguan sporting either a turbocharged 1.8L or 2.0L TSI, or that wonderful 2.0L TDI diesel-burning mill we all love. 4MOTION AWD will continue to be a selectable option while a 6-speed autobox and potentially a delightful 6-speed automated manual DSG transmission will transmit power to the drive wheels.
As far as size and styling are concerned, I expect that the next Tiguan will grow marginally in size if only because of 2 things: First, it will probably resemble in one way or another one or more of the “cross” concepts VW has presented us over the last 3-4 years and secondly, it would seem as though Volkswagen is working on a subcompact crossover to compete with the likes of the Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke.
As for pricing, I suspect that VW will cut a little off the top to make the next Tiguan more appealing to the masses given the R&D cost-sharing that is taking place thanks to the use of the already available chassis and powertrains.