2022 VW Tiguan: rumors, specs, price, and release date. VW’s most popular model is about to come with some very interesting novelties for the next year if we can rely on the latest reports. A camouflaged testing mule has been spotted and it appears to be a completely new, hi-performance version, which is about to come as the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan R It will come with a full load of upgrades, including a very powerful turbo-four engine. Other than a new performance version, we should see a mid-cycle update, according to some reports, although there is still no official confirmation. In any case, the new model is about to hit the market sometime in the second half of next year.
A new hi-performance version is coming with a powerful engine, while standard 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan models will continue with the same 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 185 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power seems enough for daily use, but definitely, lack power for a convenient highway ride. It comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which works okay.
A big complaint goes to fuel economy. You can count on just 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is pretty low for the class. Rivals like Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V feature way better mpg ratings.
Poor fuel economy
As we already mentioned, the most interesting novelty for the next year will be a new hi-performance version, under the famous “R” badge. For this occasion, the company will do a lot of modifications. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the engine. According to the latest reports, we are about to see a powerful 2.0-liter turbo-four under the hood, with a max output of impressive 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
It will come paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, as well as all-wheel-drive. Other that significantly improved performances, we will see a whole bunch of other updates, starting for the styling. Most likely, the new version will feature similar exterior design to the already existing R-Line trim level, which comes with exclusive details like sporty bumpers, bigger wheels, and many more things. Interior upgrades are expected.
According to various reports, the new performance version won’t be the only novelty for the next year. It looks we are also about to see a facelift. This makes a perfect sense if we consider that the current generation has been around since 2016. Expect to see a couple of changes. Still, don’t expect anything significant, as VW doesn’t experiment too much on its models during production cycles. Mild updates at the front and typical updates like new color options and wheels are everything we could see from this update.
Same goes for the interior design. We shouldn’t see any important change in terms of cabin design. This definitely isn’t a bad thing, considering that the Tiguan features one of the finest interiors in the class. The cabin is full of hi-quality materials and looks very upscale. Higher trims are even comparable with premium crossovers. The best we could see from the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan could be new standard equipment, as well as a new interior color scheme. The overall layout will remain the same, so you will have a choice between two- and three-row versions once again.
Dimensions And Weight
- Wheelbase (in.) 109.8.
- Length (in.) 185.1.
- Height (in.) 66.3.
- Overall width (in.) 72.4.
- Curb Weight3814 lbs.
- Ground Clearance7.9 in.
- Engine And Transmission.
- Engine type inline 4.
- Displacement2.0 L.
- Power/torque184 hp @ 4400 rpm/221 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm.
- Estimated mpg21 City/ 29 Hwy.
- Fuel Tank Capacity15.9 gal.
- Weights/ Capacities.
- Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place37.6 cu.ft.
- EPA Interior Volume138.7 cu.ft.
- Maximum Towing Capacity1500 lbs.
- Maximum Payload937 lbs.
- PRICE RANGE: $24,000– $27,950 starting msrp.
- Competitors: Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, Jeep Cherokee.
2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Release Date and Price
Considering that we are about to see a fine number of novelties, the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan should come a little bit earlier than usual. Still, it won’t hit the market before the second half of 2020. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current model, which features a starting price of $24,500.
- Upscale cabin
- Three rows of seats
- Comfortable ride
- Extended warranty
- Base engine lacks power