Following the VW Tiguan in July last year, the stretched wheelbase VW Tiguan or Tiguan Allspace received a facelift this year. The plug-in hybrid variant continues to be a China-only offering even after the facelift. And in 2022, there appears to be no plan to launch such a global plug-in hybrid SUV at Volkswagen.
Global VW Tiguan Allspace
The 2022 VW Tiguan Allspace features the same design as the Tiguan facelift, and 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 gets a new steering wheel and a new climate control system, which mildly improves 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.
Chinese VW Tiguan Allspace PHEV (VW Tiguan L PHEV)
The SAIC-Volkswagen joint venture company sells the new VW Tiguan Allspace as the new VW Tiguan L, and the facelift has the same exterior design as the global model. There are some noticeable changes on the inside, though. The Chinese version has a uniquely designed dashboard that looks slimmer and more contemporary. Along with an exclusive floating touchscreen infotainment system, it helps the interior look more upscale.
The new VW Tiguan L PHEV has the same exterior and interior design changes as the ICE variant. It has the carries over the old VW Tiguan L PHEV’s powertrain. A 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and an electric motor together deliver a maximum system power of 155 kW and a maximum system torque of 400 Nm. The electrified powertrain works with a 6-speed DSG transmission. A 13 kWh stores the energy for the electric motor, and it provides a zero-emission driving range of 55 km (34 miles).
The 2022 VW Tiguan L PHEV chiefly rivals the Honda CR-V PHEV and Toyota RAV4 PHEV. Its prices start at CNY 257,800 (USD 40,432) and go up to CNY 268,800 (USD 42,157).
Greater electrification confirmed for global next-gen VW Tiguan
The global next-gen VW Tiguan, due in 2023, will see a greater level of electrification. Rumor has it that the Tiguan R will come as a PHEV in the third generation. Along with the global Tiguan’s high-performance R variant, the bigger Allspace version optionally available as a seven-seater may adopt plug-in hybrid electric technology.
Volkswagen is reportedly developing a new plug-in hybrid system with the newer 1.5-liter TSI evo engine instead of the old 1.4-liter TSI mill. An enhanced motor and a bigger battery pack could also be among the upgrades. These changes in the next-gen Tiguan’s plug-in hybrid powertrain could make it suitable for its more load-bearing Allspace version. Moreover, Volkswagen may offer a mild-hybrid system also in the next-gen Tiguan Allspace, but probably only in Europe.
Volkswagen says that the long-wheelbase Tiguan is a big success, accounting for 55% of the worldwide variants. However, there are rumors of permanent discontinuation of the Allspace version at the end of the current generation, with reports indicating that Volkswagen could launch a new SUV in its place.
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