Update: ‘Confirmation,’ ‘Specifications,’ and ‘Release Date’ sections updated.
Following numerous high-riding vehicles like the T-Roc, T-Cross, and the Taigo, Volkswagen is planning another new SUV called the VW Tayron for Europe. Slotting beneath the Touareg, the upcoming SUV is set to be larger and more premium than its current counterpart that’s manufactured in and for China (depicted in the featured image).
In March 2022, Volkswagen confirmed that the global-spec VW Tayron is in the pipeline. In an announcement on the approval of the new VW Trinity factory in Wolfsburg-Warmenau, Germany (these plans are now under review), the company elaborated on the decision to manufacture the forthcoming electric sedan at a new factory instead of the main plant in Wolfsburg. This move was intended to avoid disruption to the ongoing production and ramp-up of core models “such as the Tiguan and Tayron or the Golf facelift scheduled for the coming years” at the Wolfsburg plant.
According to an Autocar report dated June 15, 2023, Karl-Heinz Hell, the head of engineering for Volkswagen’s mid-to-full-size models, confirmed the next-gen Tayron as a global model. The upcoming Tayron is expected to spawn a coupe version, similar to its first-generation counterpart called Tayron X in China. Additionally, the redesigned SUV is set to be available in North America, expanding its reach.
According to media reports, the VW Tayron is slated to succeed the Tiguan Allspace, which is also called the Tiguan XL in select markets and sold simply as the Tiguan in America. Launched in January 2017, the Tiguan Allspace is a longer and roomier version of the Tiguan, featuring a lengthened wheelbase and the option of seven seats. With more than 1.7 million units sold between 2017 and November 2021, in the words of Volkswagen, it’s “an out-and-out success.”
Volkswagen is not under pressure to discontinue the Tiguan Allspace, but rather, is choosing to capitalize on its recent success by introducing a distinct standalone model. According to a report by Autocar on April 25, 2023, the Tayron will differ significantly from the five-seat Tiguan and the Tiguan Allspace. While there are no teasers or prototype spy shots to go by, we think that the new SUV will have a chunky exterior design and an upmarket utility-focused interior that will set it apart from the Tiguan and that the company would be keen to establish it as a premium offering in Europe.
The next-gen VW Tayron will share the MQB A2 platform with the next-gen Skoda Kodiaq. Karl-Heinz Hell told Autocar that Volkswagen wants to offer a similar differentiation between the next-gen Tiguan and next-gen Tayron in dimensions as the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace. Thus, the future models could have a difference of around 219 mm (8.6 in.) in length and approximately 109 mm (4.3 in.) in wheelbase.
Next-gen PHEV system
In Europe, the VW Tayron should come with Volkswagen’s next-gen plug-in hybrid system that uses a 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine with an electric motor, ready for the incoming Euro 7 emission norms. The combined power of the new system will likely be much higher than the current combination’s 241 hp. Autocar says two output versions will be available: 201 hp and 268 hp.
Volkswagen uses a 13 kWh battery pack in PHEVs with the current compact electrified powertrain. In the Tiguan eHybrid (PHEV), this enables a pure electric range (WLTP) of 30 miles. In the PHEVs with the next-gen compact electrified powertrain, including the VW Tayron eHybrid, the company will overhaul the powertrain as it targets next-gen PHEVs to deliver an electric range of up to 100 km (62 miles) on the WLTP cycle. The coupe version should have a higher electric range than the SUV version.
Volkswagen may launch the Tayron eHybrid and Tayron Coupe eHybrid in the U.S., as reports say it is considering offering PHEVs in the country.
On April 2, 2023, Automobilwoche published excerpts of its interview with Volkswagen Passenger cars CEO Thomas Schäfer, revealing the (European) new VW Tayron is coming out in 2024. “This year we are bringing the new Passat and the new Tiguan, next year the Tayron, and then the successor to the successful T-Roc,” the German publication quoted Schäfer saying.
The next-gen VW Tayron is scheduled to go on sale in the UK in 2025, and it could start reaching U.S. dealerships in the same year. The closest competitor of the Tayron could be the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid as well as the Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid. Production will take place at Volkswagen Passenger Cars’ main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Set to be a departure from the Tiguan, the Tayron should sport distinct features and a more premium interior. The three-row SUV will also be more spacious and practical, making it a better alternative for families and individuals who travel with plenty of kit. A plug-in hybrid system that delivers an impressive electric range and allows customers to use it as an EV daily would be a bonus.
VW Tayron FAQs
What is the VW Tayron release date?
The Tayron will arrive in Europe in 2024, slotting above the new Tiguan.
Which models will be VW Tayron rivals in Europe?
The Tayron could compete with the top-spec Honda CR-V and the Renault Espace SUV.
What will be the VW Tayron price in Europe?
Prices of the Tayron in Germany could start at just under EUR 40,000.
Featured image: Volkswagen