Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new third-generation Volkswagen Tiguan for 2024, bringing in plug-in hybrid technology, a new-look design, and more advanced technology inside.
The new model rides on VW’s MQB Evo platform – as highlighted in our top 10 SUVs feature last month – which not only accommodates optimised interior space, but also new tech in terms of hybrid power and the latest Digital Cockpit inside based on MIB4.
Compared with the outgoing model, the 2024 Tiguan is about 30mm longer, but the height, width and wheelbase remain “practicality identical” to the existing model, the company says. However, boot space has increased by 37 litres to 652L.
Sticking with the interior, the dash welcomes the MIB4 infotainment system with a 15-inch touch-screen and new head-up display system, as well as a fully digital instrument cluster. It also includes a rotary control dial for the drive modes, complete with its own mini screen.
Passengers can be treated to new ergoActive seats with pneumatic four-way lumbar control and 10-chamber pressure massaging. There’s also seat heating and ventilation, and a shift-by-wire gear selector system mounted on the steering column, freeing up console space.
As for the exterior design, the new model looks a bit smarter but with more attitude than the current, upright-oriented model. The grille now extends wider and thinner, and blends into the thinner LED headlights. IQ.LIGHT HD matrix headlights will be available for the first time on the Tiguan.
The window sills along the sides slowly move upward towards the back, providing an athletic stance. And then around at the back is of course a full-width taillight, which seems to be the fashion these days, as well as some new lower garnishes and bumper bar contour. Overall, VW says the new design helps to improve aero efficiency, with the drag coefficient value dropping from 0.33 to 0.28.
Lastly, VW is continuing with petrol and diesel engine options. That’s an unusual move in the industry, as most competitors shift to electric only or at least electrified only (hybrid) for next-gen models. Volkswagen says it will be offering TSI petrol, TDI diesel, eTSI mild-hybrid petrol and eHybrid plug-in hybrid options, depending on the market region.
Power outputs range from 150kW to 195kW for the 2.0 TSI petrol, and from 110kW to 142kW for the 2.0 TDI diesel. The eTSI mild-hybrid system comprises of a 1.5 turbo-petrol, while the eHybrid plug-in options use a petrol engine and electric motor to develop up to 150kW and 200kW, paired with a 19.7kWh battery. Volkswagen says the eHybrid will offer an electric range of about 62 miles (100km).
There’s no mention of a high-performance 2024 Tiguan R, however, we understand a new version is in the works and will arrive later next year. It could feature a slightly more powerful 2.0-litre turbo than the current 235kW Tiguan R.
Engines will be presented with a DSG dual-clutch transmission. Volkswagen is also launching an XDS electric differential lock system as well as Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and DCC Pro for optimised handling. The Pro setup offers wheel-specific braking and active dampers to provide enhanced comfort and dynamics.
The 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan will go on sale in some markets in the first quarter of next year, with Australia set to follow in the second half of the year.