In the recent past, we reported that German premium car manufacturer Volkswagen teased the new SUV during a recent presentation. The SUV was rumoured to be the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. But, now it is speculated that the brand was actually teasing the Tiguan facelift for the Indian market which is expected to be launched following the Taigun mid-size SUV that rivals the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta and is expected to arrive in the Indian market by mid-2021.
The Tiguan facelift is expected to follow the Taigun and come with the new changes that were unveiled last year. In its 2021 avatar, the Tiguan facelift features revamped exteriors, new interiors, new features on the comfort and convenience department and a new plug-in hybrid electrified powertrain. It is also hypothesized that the Tiguan facelift is expected to come to the Indian market via the CKD route.
On the exteriors, the Tiguan facelift features new IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights with L-shaped LED daytime running lights integrated into the light cluster, the SUV also features a new horizontally slotted chrome grille with a chunky VW logo in the centre, slightly revised taillamp units with LED light signatures, revised front and rear bumpers and quad tipped chrome exhaust finishers depending on the variant.
On the inside, the Tiguan facelift features a new-generation steering wheel with new illuminated touch controls, fully digital instruments cluster, touch-sensitive sliders and buttons for the climate control functions, USB-C ports, the latest generation (MIB3) infotainment system with the latest telematics and connected features and a plethora of active and passive safety features as standard.
The Tiguan facelift is powered by both 2.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines in the international market. But the Indian market is only expected to receive the 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol motor producing 184 Bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque matched to an automatic transmission. The Plug-in Hybrid, however, produces 241 Bhp of power and the Tiguan R is tuned to make 315 Bhp of power. The 7-seater Tiguan Allspace sold in the Indian market is powered by a 187 Bhp/320 Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine matched to a 7-speed DSG transmission.