A full 7 years after Volkswagen’s original and sporty Tiguan compact SUV hit the market, Volkswagen has redesigned the Golf-based crossover for the 2015 model year, bringing an increase in exterior dimensions along with an all-new, more-inviting interior with upgraded ergonomics and a new tablet-style touchscreen infotainment system.
Underpinning the new Tiguan as well as VW’s Mark VII 2014 Golf, VW’s new modular MQB architecture will allow the Tiguan to maintain its commanding seating position – still with room for 5 passengers – while providing a more car-like driving experience akin to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
In the U.S., VW will most likely offer the Tiguan with 2.0-liter TSI gasoline and TDI turbodiesel engine options, bringing increased fuel efficiency along with greater power and torque output than the current model.
You still have a bit of a wait for VW’s latest: the next-gen Tiguan will see U.S. shores with a release date early in 2015. Pricing should stay about the same as the current model, which starts at just over $23,000 for the front-driver or $27,000 with all-wheel-drive.