New Volkswagen Tiguan offers hybrid tech and R model for 2021

Published 01 July 2020

Volkswagen is electrifying the Tiguan with a new plug-in hybrid option, as well as offering a separate Tiguan R model as part of a mid-life refresh.

The plug-in hybrid SUV Tiguan eHybrid has an electric range of 30 miles. The PHEV system offers a combined power of 245PS, and can operate in electric-only mode at speeds up to 81mph. No economy figures have been released for the eHybrid just yet though.

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The eHybrid offers multiple driving modes, too, including one named GTE that maximises the output of both the engine and electric motor. With a powertrain similar to that used in the Golf, Passat and Arteon PHEVs, it combines a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor for 245PS.

The updated range also features changes to its TDI diesel engines, which will be fitted with two SCR catalytic converters, each with its own AdBlue injection. Volkswagen says these changes reduce NOx emissions compared to the previous model.

The new 320PS Tiguan R is the other new addition to the SUV's mid-life update, joining the larger Touareg R in Volkswagen's performance range. It uses a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive. Further performance details are to be confirmed.

Volkswagen Tiguan Interior 

In terms of design, the new Tiguan sees minor changes, including standard front and rear LED lights, a new front bumper featuring enlarged air intakes and a more prominent grille. The interior changes bring the Tiguan in line with Volkswagen’s newer models, including the newest infotainment system and larger touchscreens.

Wireless Apple CarPlay is offered, as well as a 'We Connect' system - which allows the user to connect to a variety of online services, including live traffic data and numerous app-based functions. There are also two illuminated USB-C ports in the centre console, new multicoloured ambient lighting and, on the Tiguan R, exterior logo projection.

The touch buttons can optionally be used to operate functions such as the seat, rear window and windscreen heating - while a sports steering wheel is an option, as is a wheel that offers touch-sensitive controls and sliders in place of buttons.

The new Volkswagen Tiguan is due on sale in the autumn, with prices expected to increase above the current generations £24,555 price tag.

 Volkswagen Tiguan R

Comments

Miniman777    on 6 July 2020

Two catalysers and two ad blue injection systems.

What could possibly go wrong?

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