2023 VW Tiguan to get ‘R’ performance plug-in hybrid – Report

The second-gen VW Tiguan received its customary mid-life facelift last year. In 2023, the next-gen VW Tiguan will replace the current generation that debuted in late 2015. Unlike today’s lineup, the 2023 VW Tiguan will have not one but two plug-in hybrid variants, as reported by the German press.

The VW Tiguan is the best-selling model worldwide. With the brand moving up the electrification ladder, a considerable responsibility in making the new Accelerate strategy successful falls on its shoulder. With the VW Passat four-door set to be phased out after the current generation and the VW Golf being discontinued in the USA with MY2021, there are stronger expectations from the next-gen VW Tiguan. So, it’d be more important than in the past that Volkswagen gets the Tiguan lineup balanced right away.

Design

VW’s top boss Herbert Diess shared an update on LinkedIn of Volkswagen adapting to the Coronavirus lockdown. He said the company approved a vehicle design direction via web meetings for the first time. Along with the post, Diess showed a blurred video screen on the wall behind him that had an unidentified red crossover SUV with a soft styling (set as the featured picture of this story). Back then, speculations were that Diess had just approved the design of the 2023 VW Tiguan.

According to a report from Auto Zeitung, the interior should be even more digital and focused on online networking stronger. The Tiguan became an always-online model by adopting MIB3 infotainment systems with the mid-cycle refresh in the second generation last year. In the third generation, the compact SUV could feature touch sliders introduced in the Golf in its eighth generation. The air conditioning system, infotainment system, and panoramic sunroof could be controllable using touch sliders.

Powertrains

According to auto motor und sport, the next-gen VW Tiguan will come in a regular plug-in hybrid variant and an R plug-in hybrid variant. The 2023 VW Tiguan R will be a plug-in hybrid high-performance SUV. It won’t be the first plug-in hybrid Volkswagen R model, though – the VW Touareg R PHEV claimed that title last year. The VW Touareg R combines a 250 kW 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with a 100 kW electric motor powered by a 17.9 kWh (gross) Lithium-ion battery pack. The VW Tiguan R PHEV will likely use a cheaper and more efficient, 2.0-liter single-turbo inline four-cylinder gasoline engine instead of the V6 mill.

VW Tiguan plug-in hybrid which will be replaced by the 2023 VW Tiguan with 100 km EV range
The 2023 VW Tiguan eHybrid is expected with a 100 km pure electric range, double that of today’s car (pictured).

The next-gen VW Tiguan eHybrid and next-gen VW Tiguan R PHEVs should have a pure electric range of around 100 km or 62 miles as per Europe’s WLTP, which is double that of today. “We will still need combustion engines for a while, but they should be as efficient as possible, which is why the next generation of our core products – all of which are world models – will also be fitted with the latest generation of plug-in hybrid technology, with an electric range of up to 100 kilometers,” Ralf Brandstätter, CEO, Volkswagen, said during the announcement of the Accelerate strategy in March.

No LWB version

Reports say that the next-gen VW Tiguan range won’t include the Allspace long-wheelbase version, which would mean the unavailability of a seven-seat option. That’s strange, given that the Tiguan LWB has proven its popularity worldwide with a remarkable share of 55% in global production.

Citing an internally circulated document, Automotive News Europe reported last year that Volkswagen plans to manufacture a new SUV based on the Chinese market VW Tayron at the Wolfsburg plant in Germany from 2024. That could be the Tiguan Allspace’s successor. If the Tiguan reverts to a five-seater like in its first generation, expect a streamlined exterior that is sharper and bolder, an evolutionary interior with improved comfort and convenience, and more safety, possibly including a new center airbag between the front seats.

Release Date

The 2023 VW Tiguan could debut in the second half of 2022 and go on sale in 2023. Chief rivals are the usual suspects – likes of the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Volkswagen is unlikely to launch a Tiguan EV, as it already has a pure electric compact SUV on sale globally in that segment – the VW ID.4. In the coming years, the company will try to make the ID.4 more accessible by localizing production in main regions and introducing new entry-level variants.

2023 VW Tiguan FAQs

What is the next-gen VW Tiguan release date?

German reports say that the next-gen VW Tiguan will be ready in 2023.

Which models will the 2023 VW Tiguan compete with?

Alternatives to the 2023 VW Tiguan would include the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

What is the expected price of the 2023 VW Tiguan PHEV?

The price of the next-gen Tiguan eHybrid would fall in the EUR 40,000 – 45,000 bracket.

Featured image: Herbert Diess via Linkedin