2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Rendering Shows the Shape of Things to Come

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It's no longer a secret that the Volkswagen brand plans to rejuvenate the Tiguan crossover SUV with an all-new generation, set to debut on September 14th at the Frankfurt Motor Show. And no, the car in the adjacent photographs isn't it, but the closest rendering of the all-new Tiguan so far.
Created by the pixel artist over at, what you can admire in the two photos below are 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan renderings based on spy photographs of test mules and the current crop of VW models. If the front appears to borrow one too many cues from the Passat B8, that's because the Passat's MQB platform underpins the new Tiguan as well.

Whereas the Audi-esque angular lines are somewhat exotic for a Vee-Dub model, the shape of the taillights are an even greater step forward in terms of design. If you're curious what's the deal with the metal iguana and tiger in the background of the first pic, well, the explanation is that the marketing team came up with the Tiguan portmanteau to showcase the agility and ferocity of those two animals.

Being built on the MQB architecture, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is expected to receive much of the powertrain lineup available for the Passat. From low-on-CO2 TSI turbo petrol engines to frugal TDI turbo diesels and the 240 horsepower twin-turbo 2.0 BiTDI, the Tiguan has something to suit anyone's needs in terms of propulsion. On the transmission front, a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG will be available.

Word has it Volkswagen is working on a Tiguan Coupe R, a hot variant of the German crossover with the same 300 horsepower 2-liter turbo engine as the Golf R. While the R is neat and all, most Tiguan customers in Europe will settle for the 2.0 TDI. Compared to the outgoing generation, the new Volkswagen Tiguan will grow in size to cater for the needs of American buyers in the market for a mid-size crossover SUV.

Despite the bigger dimensions, the MQB platform will ensure that the 2016 Tiguan will be lighter than the equivalent first-gen model. A 7-seater and a coupe variant are expected to be offered in Europe and the United States as well. As for the cabin design, look no further than what you might find inside the Passat. At the present moment, Volkswagen hasn't made it clear if a plug-in hybrid Tiguan GTE is in the cards too.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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