Spyshots: Second Generation Volkswagen Tiguan Test Mule

Before you tell us to go get our eyes checked, we will admit that our photos show a Touran, not a Tiguan. That's because Volkswagen's test engineers have just started work on a brand new generation of their smallest SUV and using the body of a minivan to cover their work.
Second Generation Volkswagen Tiguan Test Mule 7 photos
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Second Generation Volkswagen Tiguan Test MuleSecond Generation Volkswagen Tiguan Test MuleSecond Generation Volkswagen Tiguan Test MuleSecond Generation Volkswagen Tiguan Test MuleSecond Generation Volkswagen Tiguan Test MuleSecond Generation Volkswagen Tiguan Test Mule
Upon closer inspection, you guys will be able to tell the vehicle is jacked up compare to where a normal Touran would sit. Plastic arches added to the fenders flare the body outward, covering a wider track.

The current generation Tiguan is based on the PQ35, but its replacement will switch to the newer MQB platform launched with the Golf 7. It will be lighter and more efficient, coming with a new roster of engines. The Tiguan's development might also be linked to that of SEAT's first SUV. Back in 2011, the Spaniards showed a concept called the IBX, but never put it into production. Reports emerged last year suggested it's back on the drawing board and could be ready in 2015. Given how closely the Golf and Leon are, we wouldn't be surprised if the same would apply to these SUVs.

Volkswagen has big plans for its SUV lineup going forward. A facelift for the Tuareg is going to be launched towards the middle of this year, but the little Taigun and the mighty seven-seater crossover previewed by the CrossBlue Concept is also headed into production, to be made either in Mexico or at the Chattanooga plant in America.

The Tiguan will be available as both FWD and 4WD with the latter using the Haldex 5 system available in the Golf 4Motion. Engine choices will likely start with the updated 1.4 TSI with 125 hp, going up to a large 2.0 TDI diesel with 184 hp. A plug-in hybrid or conventional hybrid is very likely, after VW big boss Martin Winterkorn announced last year in Frankfurt that he wants to lead the biggest electric mobility company in the world.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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