New VW Tiguan incoming with R and PHEV versions

Published: 17 April 2020

► Updated Tiguan SUV teased
► VW reveals plans for a PHEV option
► Plus, we've spied a hot Tiguan R

VW is gearing up to reveal a heavily-updated Tiguan SUV in the second half of 2020, with this first teaser image showing the refreshed design.

Why is that important? Because VW says the Tiguan is now it's best-selling car, not just for the brand but the entire VW Group. More than 900,000 were built in 2019 alone.

Along with an updated face, the revised Tiguan is expected to include a raft of interior updates seen on the likes of the new Golf Mk8. While not confirmed, it’s also to be expected that the larger, seven-seat Allspace model will also come to Europe.

Did you say there would be a PHEV?

Yes, as VW is slowly rolling out more plug-in hybrid models in its range. A new PHEV will arrive alongside the Tiguan’s facelift as part of that rollout, utilising the MQB platform’s innate ability to house an electrified variant.

The Tiguan plug-in will use a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 13kWh battery pack, with VW targeting between 31 and 43 miles of zero-emission electric range. While speaking at a digital presentation over VW’s PHEV plans, Dr. Kai Philipp – the brand’s project manager for electrified powertrains – told us that that target applied to all of VW’s upcoming new PHEVs: ‘surveys with Volkswagen customers have shown that a total electric range from 50 to 70 km (31-43 miles) fits the need of our customers.’

Why not use the newer, 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine with cylinder deactivation tech? Philipp explained that the 1.4 TSI has been specifically designed to be part of a PHEV.

That PHEV rollout also includes a Golf ‘eHybrid’ for continental Europe, and an Arteon PHEV – both in four-door coupe and upcoming shooting brake estate shapes.

Any other Tiguan variants to come?

It’s been rumoured for a while, but VW will also announce a Tiguan R. There were originally mules of a five-cylinder petrol version hooning around the Nurburgring, but it appears that plan has been scrapped. We think Audi may have not liked the idea of no longer having a monopoly on making fast cars warble within the Group.

tiguan r spy shot

Anyway, it is understood from our spy photographer that the Tiguan will instead use the same powertrain as the Mk8 Golf R – a raspy four-cylinder turbo, all-wheel drive and more than 300bhp. That follows the footsteps of the Cupra Ateca, which the Tiguan shares its platform and some body panelling.

When is the new Tiguan due to release?

We expect to see the first official pictures in summer 2020, with an on-sale date tipped towards the end of the year.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches