Volkswagen must be about to unveil the Tiguan 2021 because the crossover facelift has just been spotted without any camouflage. It seems that the front bumper is taken from the sporty R-Line version, but the rear bumper belongs to a lower level of finish with a pair of false exhaust tips. By far the most significant change brought about by the mid-cycle update is the new headlight look, derived from the Golf 8 where the “eyebrows” also extend to the sides of the car.
VW designers also spent some time tweaking the front grille, now wider at the bottom where it has a chrome frame that creates a visual connection with the headlights. It’s the same story with the upper section to give the impression of an unbroken line by merging the grille with the headlights. Not many people will notice the difference, but the prototype had the slightly updated VW logo introduced last year.
At the rear, it seems that the shape of the rear lights has been essentially preserved, but new graphics are inspired by the rear lights of the Golf 8. In addition, the model name has been repositioned in the center of the tailgate, just below the VW badge, to follow a trend that started a few years ago with the Arteon.
Speaking of which, the chic climate control settings recently seen inside the Arteon 2021 facelift will have a correspondent in the refreshed Tiguan. This particular prototype did not seem to have the improved infotainment system, which removes these two knobs and shortcuts on the right side. This steering wheel design should be familiar if you’ve seen the Golf 8.
When the 2021 VW Tiguan facelift is formalized, expect not only updated engines, but new additions to the lineup. These will include a plug-in hybrid derivative and most likely the long-awaited arrival of the R. The fast crossover should use the same engine as the Arteon R and the next Golf R, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine developing 315 horsepower.
VW teased the revised Tiguan in April, so a revelation should be around the corner.
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