A prototype for the next generation of Volkswagen’s popular Tiguan crossover has been spotted for the first time.
The prototype is for the standard-wheelbase version the rest of the world gets but a redesigned version of the long-wheelbase version sold in the U.S. should also be in the works. In other markets the long-wheelbase version is marketed separately as the Tiguan Allspace.
The lack of camouflage gear points to the redesigned Tiguan, the third generation of the nameplate, already being at a late stage of development. The reveal of the standard-wheelbase version should take place in 2023, with the long-wheelbase version to follow in 2024. A 2025 model-year launch in the U.S. is likely.
We can see that the design has taken on a more fluid, more muscular look similar to the latest Touareg which can be seen running alongside the Tiguan in some of the shorts. There are also some similarities to the latest Golf, particularly at the rear which looks to be further extended than on the current Tiguan, likely meaning extra cargo space. Also at the rear are fake exhaust tips, as the actual exhaust vents from underneath the vehicle.
2025 Volkswagen Tiguan spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
The platform should be the same updated version of the current Tiguan’s MQB modular platform. The updated platform debuted in the latest Golf and its Audi A3 sibling, and features improvements in the areas of connectivity and electronic driver-assist features.
It isn’t clear what’s planned for the powertrains but we can expect the current Tiguan’s assortment of 2.0-liter turbo-4 engines to carry over with minor tweaks, possibly including the addition of mild-hybrid tech. A plug-in hybrid option should also be available in some markets.
Interestingly, we’ve also spotted a test mule for what’s thought to be an electric Tiguan. Expected to arrive around the same time as its internal-combustion counterpart, the electric Tiguan will most likely ride on the MEB modular platform for electric vehicles, which features in the ID.4 and a host of additional Volkswagen Group EVs.
The Tiguan makes a great choice for young families looking for a roomy crossover, but aren’t quite ready to move up to a mid- or full-size offering. The current generation has proven a hit for VW in the U.S., with annual sales in this market exceeding 100,000 units for the last four years.