The Volkswagen Tiguan isn’t about to take a back seat to the Taos.
While the latter is going to make a lot of news as a new small crossover in the brand’s lineup — indeed, I will have my first sampling next week, with a review later in May when the embargo lifts — the already-existing Tiguan isn’t going anywhere. And VW is using a refresh to remind us of that fact.
As per usual, the changes are minor — a new front end, new wheels, and new colors.
Inside, a digital cockpit is standard, along with wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connections. A suite of driver-assist tech called IQ.DRIVE will be standard on all but the base model, and trim levels are simplified.
The front-end changes included standard LED lighting and an available light-up VW logo, and top trims get “sportier” bumpers and side sills. The taillights are LED, too.
Meanwhile, the rear badging is moved and centered so that the Tiguan can match up with other VWs. Exciting news here, people.
The new available wheels are offered in sizes from 17- to 20-inches.
Inside, the standard digital cockpit is 8 inches, with a 10-inch screen available. Heated front seats are now standard, with heated steering wheel and cooled seats available.
All but the base model get haptic touch interfaces for the climate controls, and R-Line models get similar controls for the steering wheel. Available features will include premium audio, leatherette or leather seating, power front seats, and interior ambient lighting.
The IQ.DRIVE system will include forward-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot monitor, rear-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, travel assist, and emergency assist. Base Tiguans get front assist (FCW and AEB), side assist (blind-spot monitoring), and rear-traffic alert, and the IQ.DRIVE system can be added.
Other available driver-aid tech will include automatic high beams, parking assist, and road-sign recognition.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder (184 horsepower/221 lb-ft of torque) and eight-speed automatic transmission carry over. There will be four trim levels — S, SE, SE R-Line Black, and SEL R-Line.
Pricing has yet to be announced, and the refreshed Tiguan is slated to reach dealers in the third quarter of this year.