Following the VW Tiguan in July last year, the stretched wheelbase VW Tiguan or Tiguan AllSpace received a facelift this month. The plug-in hybrid variant continues to be a China-only offering even in the facelift.
It is worth noting that Volkswagen has revealed only the global version of the restyled Tiguan Allspace. The Chinese version of the new Tiguan Allpsace, including a plug-in hybrid variant, had leaked in March 2021, but the company is yet to reveal it.
As for the global version, one would have to wait until the launch of the next-generation model around early 2023 to get it in the plug-in hybrid.
The 2021 VW Tiguan Allspace features the same design as the Tiguan facelift revealed last year. The bigger dimensions are the only difference here. Measuring 4,723 mm (185.9 in.) in length (European specification), the new model is 22 mm (0.9 in.) longer than the original.
The radiator grille is wider and flanked by VW Golf Mk8-inspired headlights that induce an aggressive styling to the front-end. Speaking of the new headlights, they are IQ.Light LED matrix units with sweeping/dynamic LED turn indicators.
On the sides, new wheels in sizes ranging from 17- to 20-inches are available. At the rear, the Tiguan lettering is below the VW roundel instead of on the left side. Revised bumpers and tweaked rear lights are among the exterior changes. In the U.S., the paint options include two new colors: Oryx White (pictured above) and Kings Red Metallic.
Inside, the new VW Tiguan Allspace has a new steering wheel and a new climate control system, which mildly improve its aesthetics, but the overall design and layout are the same. MIB3-based infotainment systems with built-in eSIM premiere in the Allspace version with the mid-life update.
In the U.S. market, an 8-inch driver information display is now standard. Buyers can swap it for a 10-inch Digital Cockpit Pro customizable virtual instrument cluster on higher trims.
IQ.Drive suite of driver assistance systems has been introduced in the Tiguan Allspace with the facelift, and they include a semi-automated driving system called IQ.Drive Travel Assist. The assisted driving system can take over steering, braking, and acceleration at speeds between 30-210 km/h (manual gearbox)/0-210 km/h (dual-clutch gearbox). It relies on Adaptive Cruise Control System and Lane Assist for added convenience.
In Europe, Volkswagen offers the new Tiguan Allspace with five conventional engines – three TSI gasoline units and two TDI diesel units. Stateside, a 2.0-liter TSI gasoline mill is standard. In China, when the new model is announced, options will include a plug-in hybrid system.
The outgoing VW Tiguan Allspace comes in a plug-in hybrid variant, but it may not be known widely because its availability is restricted to China. The 2021 VW Tiguan Allspace PHEV specifications should be similar. The engine is the familiar 110 kW (150 PS/148 hp) 1.4-liter unit. Presumably, the same turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline unit should be paired with an 85 kW (115 PS/114 hp) electric motor that sources energy from a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The old model can drive 55 km (34 miles) in EV mode, and the refresh should have a similar NEDC pure electric range.
The 2021 VW Tiguan Allspace PHEV will chiefly rival the Honda CR-V PHEV and Toyota RAV4 PHEV in China. SAIC-Volkswagen presumably would launch it at a slight premium over the old Tiguan Allspace PHEV, which costs CNY 265,800 (approx. USD 40,500) onwards later this year.
Volkswagen says that the long-wheelbase Tiguan is a big success, accounting for 55% of the worldwide variants. This indicates that the next-gen VW Tiguan range would also get it, though the German media report otherwise.
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