The current generation of VW’s compact crossover has been around for about four years and we are eagerly waiting to see the facelifted version in North America. The new version is about to bring a completely new front face but it looks like this won’t be the only major novelty. It looks like we are about to see a coupe version of the compact crossover, which will feature that sloping roof design, in order to become more appealing.
The new body style should bring a more attractive appearance and such a version has already been presented in China, as Tiguan X. We expect pretty much the same design in North America, though some specs will certainly be different. Of course, we count on the 2022 VW Tiguan Coupe R, which should offer some pretty serious performances. The new body style could also be offered with a hybrid powertrain as well. We expect to see it sometime in the second half of the next year.
2022 VW Tiguan Coupe Design
This compact crossover arrived in North America four years ago. While it already marks pretty good sales numbers, it gained a reputation of a vehicle that looks a little bit dull and doesn’t offer a particularly engaging ride. Fortunately, this will change soon. Besides the new front end that is coming with the facelift, we will also see a coupe version. The 2022 VW Tiguan Coupe will feature the same front end but the rear will come with a sloping roof design. At this point, we know for sure that a new version will ride on a stretched version of the SUV, which features nearly 110 inches in wheelbase.
In terms of mechanics, we doubt that too many things will change. Therefore, we count on familiar driving characteristics. This means that the new coupe version will look sportier but won’t drive sportier. It will rather remain on the comfort side, instead of offering more engaging handling.
Of course, the new coupe design will certainly bring changes on the inside. This particularly refers to the back end of the vehicle. The sloping roof design will certainly compromise the cargo volume. Also, we expect just two rows of seats, while the already tight third row will remain reserved for the standard model.
Also, you should keep in mind that the upcoming facelift will bring a new dashboard design. The current model features good overall quality but the styling definitely isn’t its strongest point. Fortunately, this will change soon, as the new dashboard is about to come with more style, finer materials and loads of new tech goodies. This includes VW’s new infotainment system, with a bigger screen, as well as a digital instrument cluster, which will be on the list of standard equipment.
Of course, we also count on a notably longer list of standard equipment, even though the current model already looks decent in this aspect. Besides the new touchscreen and digital instrument cluster, the new model will certainly come standard with goodies like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth etc. A dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and push-button start should be added to the list of standard equipment as well.
2022 VW Tiguan Coupe Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, there is no doubt that base models will carry on with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 183 horsepower and comes in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission. Driving dynamics with this engine are okay, though many rivals offer much peppier optional engines. That’s the main reason why many sources suggest the R-badged version, which would come with the same 2.0-liter turbo-four that can be found in Arteon R and Golf R models, which features a max output of 320 horsepower and comes in pair with a dual-clutch transmission.
Another weak point of the base engine is fuel economy, which is below-average for the segment. That’s why we believe there is a big chance to see the 2022 VW Tiguan Coupe Hybrid as well. This version would feature a plug-in hybrid system, based on a 1.4-liter turbo-four. The total output goes around 208 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which sounds good enough to successfully compete with hybrid versions of models like Honda CR-V and RAV4. The all-electric range should go around 31 miles.
2022 VW Tiguan Coupe Release Date and Price
The 2022 VW Tiguan Coupe should arrive sometime in the second half of the next year. The starting price will probably be slightly higher compared to the standard model, which is available at 26.000 dollars.