The development of the third generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan has started. A test mule of the new Tiguan has been photographed in broad daylight, revealing, including the interior, the secrets that the renewal of the German SUV hides. The last Tiguan with thermal engines is running.
Volkswagen has got down to work to carry out the renewal process of one of its most important models. Despite the changes that are taking place in the automobile industry and the unstoppable rise of the electric car, the German manufacturer has rightly decided to give continuity to the Volkswagen Tiguan. The popular and successful compact SUV will debut what will be its third generation.
The development of the new Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 is underway and proof of this is the sighting that has just occurred in southern Europe. A new generation Tiguan test mule has been photographed in broad daylight. A sighting that allows us to discover the main secrets, including those of the interior, of the renovation that will take place in a short time.
Spy photos of the new Volkswagen Tiguan 2024
Plans have changed. Years ago the current model would have had a longer commercial run. However, Volkswagen has chosen to advance the development process. Something that may seem strange at first. But if we take into account what is the horizon to which the automotive sector in Europe is heading, it is logical that the German brand shortens the deadlines to leave a greater margin of maneuver to which we can say, it will be the last Tiguan with heat engine of history destined for the Old Continent.
The exterior of the test mule, a priori, allows it to go unnoticed. Even more so by not having camouflage. Now, if we pay attention we will realize that in the rear side windows there are some warning stickers with identification codes. It is a clear indication that this is not a conventional Tiguan. But there is still more, since if we take a look inside, things get even more interesting.
The Spy photos of the cabin reveal several of the keys that we can find in the future production Tiguan that will arrive at dealerships. Digitization and connectivity will be protagonists. It will debut a huge touch screen that will be accompanied by a new fully digital instrument panel. The touch screen of the multimedia system is the same one that we have already seen in some recent spy photos of the new Arteon.
It is also important to point out the central tunnel. Although it is a test mule you already have the new rotary control installed in the final position. In this aspect we must remember that the new generation of the Tiguan will only be available with automatic transmission. There will be no manual versions.
The electrification of the Volkswagen Tiguan 2024, will there be a 100% electric version?
Regarding the mechanical section, what can we expect? Volkswagen has decided that the third generation Tiguan will continue to be available with thermal engines. A decision made based on the fact that the main rivals of this SUV will continue betting on said technology. There will be gasoline and diesel engines. However, the 48-volt mild hybrid (MHEV) technology It will be decisive to reduce consumption and emissions.
The plug-in hybrid drives (PHEV) will still be available. What’s more, they will increase their weight in the range. And at this point, we must not forget these spy photos of a 100% electric Tiguan. Will there be a fully electric variant? It is something that we should not rule out. The possibility is there.
When will it be revealed? Taking into account that a test mule has been hunted and not a prototype, the development is in an initial phase. If everything goes according to plan, it would not be ruled out that the new Tiguan is ready to be presented at some point in the last quarter of 2023. In any case, it will arrive at dealerships in 2024.