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New 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan facelift arrives with design and tech updates

Volkswagen has introduced a revised version of the Tiguan SUV. The facelifted Mazda CX-5 rival...

Volkswagen has introduced a revised version of the Tiguan SUV. The facelifted Mazda CX-5 rival has been offered a complete beauty and know-how update, as effectively as a new plug-in hybrid powertrain and a 316bhp R-badged variant. 

The facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan will go on sale in the course of autumn this yr, with the SUV’s most common petrol and diesel engines (these kinds of as the 1.5-litre TSI and 2.-litre TDI units) reaching showrooms initial. These will be joined by the new R variant in direction of the end of the yr and the new PHEV product in early 2021.

In essence, the new Volkswagen Tiguan R is a rebodied version of the lately revised Cupra Ateca. It uses the very same turbocharged 2.-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as its Spanish sibling but, as Volkswagen sits above Cupra in the Group’s pecking order, its output boosts to 316bhp – which is 20bhp more than the 296bhp Ateca.

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The Tiguan’s R’s selection of chassis revisions are related, even though. Purchasers get four-wheel drive, adaptive suspension, greater brakes and a established of special 21-inch alloy wheels. There is also an intense exterior styling deal, an optional Akrapovic exhaust technique and a new, seven-phase configurable traction handle technique.

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Volkswagen has also equipped the Tiguan R’s four-wheel drive chassis with a torque vectoring technique, which can send up to one hundred for each cent of the engine’s power to the outside wheels when cornering.

In the meantime, the new plug-in Tiguan shares the very same 242bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and electrical motor as the Mk8 Golf PHEV, which Volkswagen suggests will give the SUV a highest all-electrical selection of 31 miles. The technique also lets the Tiguan to travel at speeds of up to 81mph in electrical-only mode.

Volkswagen Tiguan: styling and interior revisions

Cosmetic revisions about the outgoing Tiguan are rather comprehensive, as Volkswagen has tried using to deliver the SUV’s styling in line with the new Mk8 Golf hatchback. As these kinds of, the updated Tiguan capabilities the very same winged LED headlamps, radiator grille and broad bumper intakes as the hatchback, alongside with a new bonnet, new LED tail lights and a tweaked rear diffuser.

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Within, there’s a new sporting activities steering wheel with touch-delicate controls and new capacitive buttons for the air conditioning and air flow systems. Purchasers also can also have a configurable ambient lighting technique and a 480-watt 10-speaker Harman/Kardon encompass audio technique as optional extras.

Volkswagen’s hottest MIB3 infotainment technique has been additional, much too, which contains a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and a central infotainment display screen in either 6.5-inch, 8.-inch or 9.2-inch dimensions. The technique features guidance for natural voice instructions, alongside with Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile connectivity.

There is also some extra safety know-how, these kinds of as lane-holding guide, entrance guide, predictive adaptive cruise handle and Volkswagen’s new “Travel Assist” semi-autonomous driving function, which can believe handle of the vehicle’s steering, acceleration and braking on the motorway at speeds up to 130mph.

Volkswagen Tiguan: trim and specs

Volkswagen has also revised the Tiguan’s trim-degrees with a new four-tier structure, supplying customers the preference of a base-product, as effectively as the mid-selection Lifestyle, comfort and ease-focussed Class and sporty R-Line variants. Regular devices consists of LED headlamps, autonomous crisis braking and a multifunction steering wheel.

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The middling Tiguan Lifestyle replaces the outgoing Tiguan Match and provides seventeen-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise handle, primary-beam guide, roof rails and an computerized air conditioning technique. Volkswagen’s selection-topping Class and R-Line designs provide even further updates, these kinds of as Matrix LED headlamps, a digital gauge cluster, a bigger infotainment technique and a heated steering wheel.

Class designs also obtain an electrically opening and closing boot lid and silver roof rails, although the R-Line product will obtain a sporty system kit, determine-hugging sporting activities seats and a new sporting activities steering wheel. Purchasers will also have their preference of 12 alloy wheel layouts in dimensions ranging concerning seventeen and twenty inches, as effectively as handful of extra paint finishes.

Volkswagen Tiguan: engines and drivetrain

Specifications for the relaxation of the Tiguan’s engine selection are still to be confirmed but, like the lately revised SEAT Ateca – with which the Tiguan shares its system – we count on it’ll consist of a familiar line-up of Volkswagen Team petrol and diesel powertrains.

So, the base-product really should be run by a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, with 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. The engine will occur with a 6-velocity guide gearbox as common, while a seven-velocity twin-clutch computerized will be optionally offered.

There’ll also be a less highly effective version of Volkswagen 2.-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which will sit underneath the flagship R product with 187bhp and 320Nm of torque. In contrast to the reduced capacity petrol engines, even though, it’ll likely only be supplied with a seven-velocity DSG and four-wheel-drive.

Purchasers really should also get a preference of diesel engines, all based mostly on the Volkswagen Group’s flexible EA288 2.-litre four-cylinder. Like the Ateca, there’ll be a 148bhp variant – while it continues to be to be observed irrespective of whether Volkswagen will proceed featuring the previous Tiguan’s 187bhp and 237bhp diesel engines on this facelifted product.

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