On some markets, the current generation of this compact crossover has already received a mid-cycle update but in North America, novelties are coming with next year. The 2022 VW Tiguan is about to come with a plethora of changes, which will include both exterior and interior novelties. Of course, we also count on several additions to the list of standard and available equipment. On the other side, things under the hood are about to remain the same.
Despite the updates, the overall design will remain pretty much the same. The current generation still has a lot of things to show. We are talking about one of the most refined models in the class, which is also very practical and one of the rare compact SUVs that has a third row of seats in the offer. Considering the update, we expect to see it on sale a little bit earlier than usual, probably in the third quarter of the year.
2022 VW Tiguan Facelift
Of course, the center of this update will be the facelift. We are talking about a plethora of visual changes, especially at the front. We don’t expect that things will be much different compared to the European version, so you may count on a completely new face. It includes a new grill, as well as a new pair of headlights, which are based on the brand’s new design language. You may find a lot of similarities with the mid-size Touareg, but also with the new, eighth generation of Golf hatchback.
A couple of novelties can be noticed on the rear end as well, especially on the tailgate, where you can see a new badge and “Tiguan” lettering. Naturally, there are also novelties typical for mid-cycle updates, such as new wheels, color options etc. On the other side, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle is about to remain the same.
A good thing to know is that changes are coming on the inside as well. One of the first things you’ll notice is a new steering wheel, while the company’s well-known 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will be standard. You may also count on a new infotainment screen, as well as on a couple more novelties on the center stack. On the other side, the rest of the cabin will continue pretty much in the same way.
This means you may count on a spacious and one of the most practical cabins in the class. With nearly 110 inches in wheelbase, the 2022 VW Tiguan accommodates three rows of seats, which is something rivals don’t offer. Of course, the third row is tight but still can be very useful for kids and on shorter journeys. When it comes to cargo volume, you may count on about 37.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 73.5 with it folded. Numbers are slightly lower in three-row models. Those are good ratings for the segment.
Of course, we also count on novelties in terms of standard and available equipment, even though the current model already looks pretty decent. At this point, it’s still early for details, but we know there will be more standard features compared to the current model, which comes with six speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. We presume that things like keyless entry, push-button start and few more things could be added to the list of standard equipment.
The same thing goes for safety. The current model comes standard with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. We would definitely like to see more in this aspect.
2022 VW Tiguan Engine
Changes under the hood won’t happen and the 2022 VW Tiguan will continue with a familiar turbo-four in the offer. Of course, we are talking about a familiar 2.0-liter unit, which puts out around 184 horsepower. The engine comes in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain by itself feels refined, though driving dynamics aren’t on par with rivals. Also, we can’t say that the handling is particularly engaging.
Another thing that’s not so impressive is fuel economy. You may count on about 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. That’s below average for the class.
2022 VW Tiguan Release Date and Price
As we already mentioned, the 2022 VW Tiguan should hit the market sometime in the third quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes. So, base models should go around 26.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, some of the key rivals are models like Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape etc.