Upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan facelift details revealed

Details of 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan announced ahead of mid-year launch

Reuben Van Niekerk
Volkswagen Tiguan
Tiguan facelift
VW Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan, which was first launched in 2008, will be getting a new look for 2021.

The Tiguan was the best selling medium SUV in South Africa last year, with 4 280 units sold and a 16.2% of the A SUV segment.


What’s new?

The Tiguan boasts a host of new interior features, a new steering wheel with touch controls is among the key interior highlights while the air conditioning functions have also been digitalised by means of touch sliders and buttons. A first for the Tiguan and the Volkswagen model range is the premium and optional Harmon Kardon sound system, with a 16-channel amplifier, eight speakers and a subwoofer.


New exterior features include a redesigned front bumper while the bonnet is more concise in its appearance and the radiator grille with LED headlights is also wider. New IQ Light, LED matrix headlights feature 22 individual LEDs per headlight, offering enhanced convenience for night-time driving. At the rear, Tiguan lettering is now central below the Volkswagen badge. New exterior metallic colours include Ginger Brown, Kins Red, Lapiz Blue, Night Shade Blue and Dolphin Grey.


Additional driver assistance systems

The driver assistance suite has been bolstered with the addition of Lane Change Assist and Side Assist as well as Emergency Braking with Front Assist.


New specification lines

The model range now comes in three specification lines, Tiguan, Tiguan Life and Tiguan R-Line.

The base derivative comes standard with features like 17-inch Montana alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather multifunction steering wheel, cruise control and the new MIB3 Infotainment system’s Composition radio.


In addition to the standard features on the base derivative, the Life specification line is fitted with 18-inch Frankfurt alloy wheels, LED headlights with cornering lights, Climatronic air conditioning, Park Distance Control in the front and rear as well as an electric tailgate. Optional alloy wheels on the Tiguan Life include 18-inch Nizza and 19-inch Victoria Falls options.


The top-of-the-range Tiguan R-Line features the R-Line exterior package, 19-inch Valencia alloy wheels, ambient lighting with 30 interior lighting options, Vienna leather seats with R-Line logo on the seats, Active Info Display, Composition Media Radio with App Connect, multi-functional steering wheel with touch and swiping actions and the R-line logo as well as keyless entry. The 20-inch Suzuka alloy wheels are available as an option.


Add all the toppings

The Tiguan can be upgraded with optional features such as the panoramic sunroof, trailer hitch, Black Style Package, Discover Pro entertainment system with Wireless App Connect, Heads-up display, Harmon Kardon sound system, IQ Lights: Matrix LED, Area view camera system with Park Assist, IQ Drive Package and the Trailer Manoeuvring system which includes Park Assist.


Under the bonnet

The Tiguan model range will come with a choice of three engines which have been carried over from the previous model.

The 1.4 TSI coupled to a six-speed DSG gearbox produces 110kW and 250Nm while the 2.0 TDI boasts 130kW and 380Nm and is coupled to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The range topping 2.0 TSI offers 162kW and 350Nm, coupled to a seven-speed DSG allowing it to sprint from standstill to 100km/h in just 6.5 seconds.



Pricing will be announced closer to the Tiguan’s local introduction, which is planned for the second quarter of 2021.