Unfortunately for those expecting a revolution in terms of performance and design, the facelift will not bring revolutionary changes. Visual enhancements, intended to make the small SUV fit the new Volkswagen visual identity, are to be expected.
A redesigned front grille, boasting the modern-retro approach seen on the current VW family, will be the main design change. Additionally, a new bonnet, as well as modified tail lights, are also going to be featured on the new Tiguan.
As far as engines go, nothing new under the sun. Yet, whereas the offering and size of the engines will likely not change ( 1.4l TSI, 1.6l TDI, 2.0l TSI and 2.0l TDI), their offering in terms of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions will surely hit all time lows. The units will continue to be paired with 6-speed manual and DSG transmissions. The cherry on the cake, some dream at a Tiguan hybrid, but it will most likely be released with the second generation model, three or four years from now.
As said, if the heavy camoed Tiguan shown here does not satisfy your curiosity, follow this link and check out the Chinese market Tiguan. The two will likely be similar in design.