2024 Volkswagen Tiguan to get electrified engine range

The next generation of VW’s top-selling Tiguan SUV has been spotted testing and is due in 2024

2024 Volkswagen Tiguan front
  • Third-generation Tiguan coming by 2024
  • Mild and plug-in hybrid powertrains
  • Shares parts with Mk.8 VW Golf

A new version of the popular Volkswagen Tiguan is coming by 2024. The third generation of the family SUV is set to be the last to incorporate a combustion engine; however, with the push to electrify our roads by 2030, the Tiguan will likely receive a mixture of mild and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

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Testing mules have been spotted out and about in Germany, wearing the more inconspicuous shell of the current car. However, spy photographs reveal that the front of the car has been modified to close off the top half of the grille, whereas the bottom has been widened to allow for sufficient cooling – similar to that of the electric Volkswagen ID.3.

Speaking of VW’s electric range, the release of a new model inevitably raises questions surrounding a possible fully-electric variant. However, the chances of there being a Tiguan EV are small as the family SUV comes very close in size to VW’s own ID.4; the German brand will want to avoid stepping on the toes of this crucial model for the lineup, with it currently overshadowed by the cheaper and mechanically-similar Skoda Enyaq iV.

The new Tiguan will instead sit on the current Mk.8 Golf’s MQB Evo underpinnings, meaning that it’ll likely share many of the same powertrains, too. The entry-level 109bhp 1.0-litre petrol will almost certainly be deemed too gutless for the bulky SUV, with the higher-powered 148bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder expected to kick off the range. This may be available with mild-hybrid technology.

2024 Vokswagen Tiguan rear

Fans of performance SUVs should not be dissuaded, however, as there will also likely be a sporty Tiguan R variant; this will likely use the muscular 316bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder from the current Golf R.

As for diesel engines, the Tiguan could also use the 148bhp and 208bhp 2.0-litre units from the Golf. Although, due to the dwindling popularity of diesels, it is possible that the range could be petrol-only. 

Company car drivers, or those looking to maximise fuel economy, may be better off opting for one of the upcoming Tiguan’s plug-in hybrid powertrains. There could be several options available, but it is likely that the 242bhp 1.5-litre unit from the Golf will make an appearance. On the Golf, the 13kWh battery provides up-to 37 miles of pure-electric range; however, this figure is likely to be smaller on the Tiguan on account of its added bulk. Of course, in theory, a larger battery could also be fitted, allowing the Tiguan to rival the likes of the Kia Sportage with its impressive 43-mile range.

Similarities to the Golf will continue on the inside as the Tiguan will get that car’s dual-screen infotainment system setup. This consists of a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, alongside a 10.25-inch central touchscreen. The overall design won’t be quite as minimalist as VW’s ID-badged cars; however, the frustrating touch-sensitive climate controls will likely reappear here. Nevertheless, we can expect the change in platform to further expand the Tiguan’s class-leading 520-litre boot.

Volkswagen remains tight-lipped about when we can expect this new model to arrive, but we predict it to be revealed by the latter half of 2023. 

Not quite ready to go fully electric? Check out our list of the top 10 best plug-in hybrid cars

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