2021 VW Tiguan hybrid

What’s New for 2021 VW Tiguan?

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The German company updated its compact crossover. It is not so compact overseas and comes with the special Allspace version that offers seven seats. But, we will focus on the model for the US market. The carmaker launched the new version of the vehicle in July. The North American edition is not introduced yet, but we expect similar cosmetic updates. On the other hand, an engine lineup was always special, so the 2021 VW Tiguan is going to be totally different. The R-Line is certain, but the R model, which European buyers know as the performance-oriented version, is not coming to this part of the world.

While there is no version with massive outputs, Volkswagen is bringing the E-Hybrid model. After the scandal with the emission of diesel units, the German manufacturer picked a greener path, and now more hybrid units are available in the market. In the future, these will become EVs, based on the ID Crozz concept. Some sources are reporting that the hybrid version is not coming to North America next season but as the 2022 YM.

2021 VW Tiguan Changes

2021 VW Tiguan Changes

The compact crossover is coming with the new look for the upcoming season. Well, the opinions are split after the premiere and obvious inspiration found on the latest Golf updates. Well, the hatchback is the flagship model and it will take a long time before some other vehicle catches up with sales. On the other hand, the styling is fresh and there are a lot more people who praise the move by Volkswagen.

Tiguan is the best-selling vehicle in 2019 and now the redesign is going to put the question mark above sales in 2021. So, the company didn’t want to experiment too much and designers picked safe choices. For example, the matrix headlights are picked from the new Arteon sedan. Plus, there are improved controls and infotainment features. The 2021 VW Tiguan is packed with more base and high-end features. Optionally, you can pay extra for the stunning Harman Kardon sound system or navigation. Cruise control is also enhanced and supports speeds up to 130 mph.

2021 VW Tiguan R

Under the Hood

Also, the big changes are happening under the bonnet of the compact crossover. The 2021 VW Tiguan will introduce the new R version with more power than before. While the European buyers can count on more than 300 horsepower, in the US the vehicle is available with a single engine producing 185 horsepower. This is enough for this class, but buyers need more options. But, the performance R version is not going to be the one. Do not mix it with the R-Line trim level, which enhances the look of the crossover.

So, a 2.0-liter engine in its base form is producing 185 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive returns 22/29 mpg, and optional AWD consumes 20/27 mpg. An eight-speed gearbox is a shifter and drivers have a few different drive modes available for different weather and road conditions. With nearly 8 inches of ground clearance, the Tiguan has a good starting point for an off-road drive.

There are various sources reporting about the 2021 VW Tiguan E-Hybrid model. According to some of them, the configuration is not going to be available for North America. Well, some other companies tried the same recipe and then brought hybrid vehicles to US shores. The PHEV configuration is carried over to the compact crossover and offers 30 miles of electric range. Still, the Tiguan R remains the most impressive configuration in the lineup with 315 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque coming from the same 2.0-liter turbo-four unit.

2021 VW Tiguan interior

2021 VW Tiguan Allspace Seven-Seat Crossover

We know about mid-size SUVs offering plenty of space inside the cabin. Some of them are adding the third row of seats to increase the seating capacity. Across the ocean, there are some compact models for seven passengers. The 2021 VW Tiguan Allspace is not available in all markets. It rivals Honda CR-V and Ford Kuga seven-seaters, models we cannot imagine with more than two rows. The wheelbase is stretched and the crossover gains extra 10 inches. Volkswagen tested a few markets, but the Allspace model is now available only in Australia.

When Will 2021 VW Tiguan Be Available?

The new Tiguan was launched for the 2021 season. However, there are a lot of questions regarding the US model. Well, it is obvious that the crossover is not holding onto just one engine choice and experts are postponing the E-Hybrid for 2022. On the other hand, the Tiguan R is considered as the more likely upgrade than the PHEV configuration. Either way, fans will have to wait for a few more months before the compact SUV arrives to the United States. It will happen in the final quarter of 2020. The base price will remain the same, starting just under $26,000.

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