After introduction of the bulky Atlas model for the
shoppers in the US, Volkswagen continues the three-row of seat
trend for this market with the new-generation Volkswagen
Tiguan. This model debuted at the last Detroit show
significantly larger than outgoing version and with brand’s new
styling. Germans added more tech and safety features and more
sophistication to this model with the new lightweight
platform. The next step could be the 2018 VW Tiguan
Hybrid version but we still don’t have the official
confirmation for that.
VW presented the new-gen three-row Tiguan with the one engine
option for the US market. The engine is updated version of
brand’s familiar TSI engine which powers the current version
and can also be found in the Euro-spec version as well.
However, the standard wheelbase version for the European market
is available with the total of eight engines including the TSI
and TDI units. VW hasn’t said would the standard wheelbase
version be sold in the US alongside with the three-row model.
It hasn’t also commented on the rumors about the Hybrid
powertrain. Based on our sources, the Tiguan Hybrid is being
considered and it could arrive as the 2018 model but more
likely for the 2019 version.
2018 VW Tiguan Hybrid: Design
The new 2018 VW Tiguan Hybrid, when it arrives, will be
designed on the same MQB platform which is also the
foundation of the larger Atlas. However, compared to the
previous generation, the long-wheelbase model has grown
significantly in order to adopt the third row of seats. It
extends to 185.2 inches from the bumper to bumper and rides on
the 109.9-inch wheelbase. It is 10.7 additional inches in
model’s length and 4.4 inches more in wheelbase compared to the
With the additional inches the new Tiguan will offer up to 44
percent increased cargo capacity. It will also benefit from the
approach angle which now measures 26 degrees.
From the visual point, the Tiguan adopts the latest design
language seen on the new Atlas model. It looks sleek and a bit
conservative but elegant and attractive as well. The
skinny version of the grille comes with the new LED accentuated
headlights and rear side features nice-graphic taillights. The
model also has defined character line and nice five-spoke
Inside, the Tiguan updates the current generation design with
the fresh materials and third-row of seats. The step forward is
also the new-generation infotainment system, instrument cluster
and safety features.
The model has an 8-inch center screen with the Car-net tech
features. It includes Apple Car Play and Android Auto but also
Mirror Link compatibility. The available features also include
the premium Fender sound system, 8-way power and heated seats,
heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, sliding
second- row seats, etc. There is also the available 12.3-inch
configurable virtual cockpit.
The safety aspect covers standard Automatic post-collision
braking and the rearview camera. The available features include
the forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking,
lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian
detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert,
surround-view system, etc.
2018 VW Tiguan Hybrid: Powertrains
Under the hood of the new Tiguan will be a 2.0-liter
turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The engine can produce 184
hp and torque of 221 pound-feet. The transmission system is the
Aisin 8-speed automatic. By default, the Tiguan will get the
front-wheel drive. The 4Motion all-wheel drive will be optional
with the Active Control system with four driving modes.
VW hasn’t revealed the fuel economy ratings for the regular
model. The 2018 VW Tiguan Hybrid is also the secret. If it
arrives for the 2018 model year, it will likely combine the
version of the 2.0-liter engine with electric motors and
battery pack. We will see what power and EPA numbers this model
would feature when VW tells its part of the story.
2018 VW Tiguan Hybrid: Arrival, Price
The base Tiguan version will be available from around $26, 000.
The 2018 VW Tiguan Hybrid will cost more but will it arrive for
the 2018 model year and at what price we will know soon.