New VW Tiguan Spied With Plug-In Hybrid Power in Left- and Right-Hand Drive Configurations

Volkswagen is getting ready to complete the testing phase of the new-gen Tiguan. They announced their compact crossover (mid-size for Europe) is due this fall, releasing some official spy shots to build anticipation. Those prototypes featured more traditional powertrains, and there was no image of the plug-in hybrid derivatives that are bound to join the lineup.
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However, that has just changed, as our man with the cam recently spotted a couple of plug-in hybrid testers doing their thing in the open in left- and right-hand drive configurations. How do we know that they sport a PHEV powertrain? Because they have a charging port on the left front fender, with the regular fuel filler cap being positioned on the right rear quarter panel.

It was the German automaker itself that announced the power numbers, confirming that the next-gen Tiguan PHEV will launch with two assemblies. The base model will have 201 hp (204 ps/150 kW) on tap, featuring front-wheel drive, and the all-wheel drive range-topper, as far as the electrified lineup goes, will boast 268 hp (272 ps/200 kW). Due to getting a larger battery pack, with an 18.5 kWh capacity, the all-quiet driving range is estimated to be around 62 miles or 100 km.

Building on an updated variant of the MQB Evo platform, the next Tiguan will also be offered with 1.5- and 2.0-liter gasoline engines. Europe will get diesel power, with the ubiquitous 2.0-liter TDI being the sole choice, and there will be no manual gearbox option, as all versions will get a DSG. As you can expect, the 4Motion all-wheel drive system will be found on more expensive grades.

Don't let the seamlessly camo-free approach trick you because these testers feature many vinyl stickers. Once they are officially removed, the crossover will reveal a full-width LED light bar up front and a lighting signature inspired by the ID family. The taillights should be integrated into a single trim panel and might get a light bar linking them together. Overall, the new Tiguan will have softer looks compared to its predecessor and might not be that appealing at first. Nonetheless, we reckon the design will grow on us eventually.

For tech aficionados, the icing on the cake inside will be the new 15-inch infotainment system sourced from the ID.7. Lesser versions will get a 12.9-inch screen instead, and digital gauges and a head-up display will also be included. The center console was heavily modified and no longer features the gearshift lever, which can now be found on the steering column. Physical buttons can be seen all around, including on the steering wheel, and Volkswagen promises better quality materials alongside the usual comfort gear that will include massaging seats up front.

Volkswagen will launch the new Tiguan in Europe in the first quarter of next year, and it might not make its way to North America as the Tiguan Allspace's replacement. A redesigned Tayron is expected to launch in 2025 in China, and it could be the Allspace's successor that may make its way to the New World.
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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