German carmaker Volkswagen has recently unveiled its most-awaited SUV the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan facelift. The Tiguan has been the brands most successful model after the VW polo hatchback and the VW Vento mid-size sedan. Since its launch, the VW has sold over 9.10 lakh units of the Tiguan compact SUV.

Next-gen VW Tiguan

Although Volkswagen did discontinue the BS4 version of the Tiguan as the brand wanted to bring in a 7-seater version the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace SUV which was heavily overpriced if compared to its rival. So is that Volkswagen wanted to bring the Tiguan compact SUV in a new avatar or was it that after with the failure of the Tiguan AllSpace VW just realised that launching an overpriced model with a handful of feature just doesn’t make any sense. Moreover, VW is also planning upon introducing a sporty Tiguan R version as well.

Are there any major changes on the Engine front?

The all-new 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan will come powered by a 1.5 TSI turbo-petrol engine capable of generating just a little over 150hp while paired to a 7-speed DSG. However, this time VW won’t be offering any of its variants with a diesel engine.

What’s new on the Inside?

Talking about its internal feature the new 2021 Tiguan SUV will have a plethora of features including the latest version of the VW’s infotainment system but this time with a much larger screen. The new infotainment system will also be compatible with Volkswagen’s WeConnect system which will enable the driver to operate numerous app-based functions.

Tiguan Interior
Tiguan Interior

Additionally, we will also get to see two illuminated USB-C ports placed in the centre console, new 16-colours ambient lighting function, a multifunction steering wheel. The old temperature control dials have now been replaced by illuminated sliders while its old “Dynaudio” stereo has also been upgraded to a 480W, 10-speaker Harman Kardon system.

What’s new on the outside?

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

The new refreshed version of the Tiguan gets an all-new grille which merges into new-look headlights similar to the global spec variant of the current-gen Golf. The 2021 version of VW’s best selling SUV also features a new and sportier front bumper with better air intake. It also features a new set of LED tail-lights, redesigned wheels arches and rear bumper.

What about the Volkswagen Tiguan R?

As stated earlier the VW Tiguan R will be a sports variant and will feature a more refined fourth-generation EA888 2.0-litre turbo-petrol unit and will come mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, alongside four-wheel drive and the Dynamic Chassis Control system, lowering the height by almost 10mm.

2021 Tiguan R
2021 Volkswagen Tiguan R

Feature-wise the new Tiguan type R will look the same as the standard model the only major difference will be an illuminating Type R logo placed on the boot and front grille and a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel on the inside. Other than that everything else is expected to remain the same.

Price, Rivals and launch in India?

We can expect the new 2021 Tiguan will make its debut in the domestic market sometime later this year or by early 2021. With its launch, the refreshed SUV from VW is expected to lock its horns with the Hyundai Tucson, Skoda Kodiaq and the Skoda Karoq.

Talking about its cost, we can expect the 2021 version of the Tiguan to range between Rs 23-26 lakh (ex-showroom).

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