This is the second time the 2021 Tiguan facelift was scooped. However, the photo by French magazine Automotive Magazine shows the all-important front end design. This includes quite obvious updates to the CUV's headlights, which now look less angular and mirror those of the Golf 8.
A new grille has been added, taller than before, giving the Tiguan some sporty character in combination with C-shaped scoops around the air intakes. This looks like an R-Line model, but we don't see the badges anywhere, so all Tiguans might look a little bit like this.
Besides the cosmetic updates, the 2021 Tiguan should come with major revisions to its interior, including a new steering wheel design, MIB 3 infotainment and perhaps the tiny DSG shifter they installed on the Golf 8.
On the engine front, everything that's been developed for the Golf should be offered here as well. The powertrain with the biggest impact will continue to be the 2.0 TDI, now made more efficient and offered in 116, 150 and 200 horsepower flavors. Given the ultra-low emissions targets, the bi-turbo 240 hp monster might not be available.
However, those looking for a bit of excitement can look forward to the first-ever Tiguan R. Mid-way through its development, engineers stopped using the RS3's 2.5-liter engine, and that's not a good thing. However, a 2.0 TSI could still give this vehicle 333 horsepower, or as much as an old Audi S4.