Meet completely new Volkswagen (VW) Tiguan 2016: redesign and release date


Volkswagen Tiguan hasn’t been restyled for many years now. But 2016 VW Tiguan would be an absolutely new car. It’s overall design would be inspired by US market favors so it probably became larger in size. Updated SUV will get massive body contours and a new interior design.

Exterior will become sharper and more aggressive-looking. Overall, the new Tiguan design will be more solid and expensive. 2016 VW Tiguan will be released in 2016, introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year.

New VW Tiguan 2016 release date

Update: European version was officially revealed in Frankfurt Motor Show on 09.14.2015

Release date: late 2016

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2016 Tiguan review

The new modular platform MQB allows Volkswagen to create a variety of body types, and will be definitely be used in 2016 VW Tiguan. Prior to that, all last generation popular products of VW Group was based on the new platform, including Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia.

Transverse position of the engine allows to change the layout. In particular, front wheels axis will move closely to the front. So the new engineering solution helps to obtain a significant gain in weight despite the increase in size.

Every automaker strive to make their products unique and stand out. The Tiguan fans would be pleased by the new Tiguan SUV.

Recent news suggests that the second generation of popular crossover SUV will be available in three body types: standard, extended 7-seater (to please Asian and North American customers; codename “CrossBlue”) and coupe (despite the name it probably would be a 3-door hatch like Volkswagen Scirocco).

One of the most interesting news regarding new Tiguan is the following: the car will have two different versions. The first one is “short” (pictured) is for European market, while in Asia and North America (particulary China and United States) the “stretched” version will be the only option. It certainly will have third row seats option and will be assembled in VW plant in Mexico. The overall design is expected to be the same, but with different details.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan price

The pricing is unknown yet, but it wouldn’t be higher than current one, starting at $24 000. Furthermore, in order to achieve better sales results, VW will have to decrease the price.

VW Tiguan completely redesigned for 2016

The body form will be more streamlined, grille will undergo changes and become slightly narrower, front bumper would be more massive with smooth passing, broadly in line with the new sharp form styling. 2016 VW Tiguan will also receive a new adaptive headlights.

But actually it won’t have any unique features like gullwing doors in Tesla Model X 2016.

The side part of the new VW Tiguan looks pretty alike to BMW X5 and you couldn’t refer it to a drawback. The roof line lowered and thanks to this, 2016 Tiguan now feels more strong and powerful, especially in combination with big 19-inch wheels.


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2016 VW Tiguan will get nice interior

Interior of the new Tiguan will be significantly redesigned. You could see the new form multifunctional steering wheel. The changes applied to central console, dashboard and vents. The new color scheme is used: light and dark brown tones combined with plastic wood-look-alike inserts, which create a bright feeling of the interior.


Small chrome finished parts emphasize modern dynamic style. The parking brake lever replaced by the electronic system and could be activated by button. On some variant of 2016 VW Tiguan the usual dashboard was replaced by 12-inch touchscreen display which is very innovative.

Leather upholstery is optional, but park assistant and rear view camera will be the part of basic trim. Trunk capacity is not less than 16, 5 cubic feet (470 litres)

2016 Volkswagen (VW) Tiguan video review


2016 Tiguan specs: engine lineup

Engine lineup of the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan will include a four-cylinder turbocharged diesel and petrol engines in several variations: 1.4L petrol engine with the output of 124 and 150 hp; 1.8L petrol engine with 180 hp, 2.0L petrol engine with 220 hp. As for diesels, there would be 1.6L 110 hp and 2.0L 150 and 190 hp variants available.

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This engine lineup will come with 6-speed manual transmission or robotized 10-speed DSG. Standard cars will be front wheel drive, full time all wheel drive system with advanced multi-disc Haldex is an option. The new VW engines is very effective and flexible in all regimes which contributes to a significant increase in dynamic performance.

According to official information, the new 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan will be available with 8 engines, with the output from 115 to 240 hp. Hybrid version will be also available with 1.4 turbocharged engine and electric motor producing 218 hp combined. The availability of hybrid version and engine lineup for North American market is unknown yet.
The US-spec car will probably have very limited engine range, mainly because of VW Dieselgate scandal.


The McPherson struts will be used in front suspension as before. The rear suspension would be multi-link or torsion type. The new 2016 Tiguan would be equipped with an adaptive suspension, but because of high cost of such electronic system, it will be optional.

2016 VW Tiguan fuel efficiency: diesels and hybrids

Car manufacturers pay great attention to fuel efficiency of the car. Petrol engines will be equipped with “2 cylinders turning off” function, which helps to save fuel under light load. In cooperation with Start-stop function it should significantly reduce fuel consumption in city and mixed city/highway regime.

The extensive use of composite materials also have positive impact on fuel economy. The hybrid version is also expected in the near future.


2016 VW Tiguan dimensions: goes bigger

Length: 14,5 ft (4426 mm) 16,3 ft (4976 mm) for long version

Width: 5,9 ft (1809 mm)

Height: 5,7 ft (1762 mm)

Wheelbase: 8,54 ft (2604 mm) 8,85 ft (2700 mm) for long version

Clearance: 7,8 in (200 mm)

New Tiguan has got the same platform, but slightly changed in size. Designers tried to make it roomier and more comfortable, by adding extra 3 inches to wheelbase, so the car gained 2.4 inch in lenght and 1.2 in width. However, it lose 1.3 inches of height though it gives the car way more balanced look.

Volkswagen Tiguan brand history

The VW Tiguan was firstly appeared in public as a concept car at LA International Auto Show in 2006. As a serial car it was shown in 2007 at Frankfurt Motor Show.

More than 700 thousands VW Tiguan has been sold in 2011. In 2012 model underwent facelift.

2016 Volkswagen (VW) Tiguan photos

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
Engine type DOHC 16V I4, direct fuel injection, turbocharger
Displacement 2,0L
Power/torque 200 hp; 201 lb-ft
Transmission 6 speed automatic
Wheelbase 102.5 inch
Length 174.5 inch
Height 67.1 in
Passenger volume N/A
Cargo volume N/A
0-60 7 sec (est)
Top speed 124 mph (est)
PRICE RANGE: $23,000-$32,000 (est)
Competitors: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-3, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape
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4.7 overall
  • Safety4.7
  • Performance4.6
  • Design4.6
  • Features4.5
  • Fuel economy4.9

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