Volkswagen has started testing the 2021 Tiguan before its official launch in the Indian market. The German brand currently sells only the 7-seater version of the Tiguan, known as the AllSpace in the Indian market. Volkswagen discontinued the Tiguan 5-seater in the Indian market after the BS6 emission norms were implemented nation-wide in 2020.
The new Tiguan 5-seater spotted by Rohit Paradkar shows that Volkswagen has started testing the upcoming car in the Indian market. Volkswagen plans to assemble the Tiguan 5-seater in India to substantially bring down the cost of manufacturing and put a competitive price tag on it. However, the manufacturer is yet to announce anything on the local manufacturing ass of now.
The new video showing the Tiguan testing on the public roads indicates that it is a facelifted version of the car. It gets updated exterior styling including the signature pulled-back headlamp clusters with bi-projector LED beams to ensure proper lighting of the roads at night. The new headlamps are much more prominent and also have integrated LED DRLs. There is a traditional horizontal three-slat grille with chrome and Volkswagen logo in the centre.
Other changes in the upcoming Tiguan five-seater include a revised design of the bumper and a sportier air intake design. The car gets a very similar-looking side profile like the vehicle that was available in the Indian market. It also gets differently designed alloy wheels.
Apart from that, the Tiguan also gets updated L-shaped LED tail lamps. They look very similar to the older model but have a few tweaks that make it look fresh. The bumper gets a diffuser plate and the LED reflector strip is integrated to the same. There is a bold Tiguan badging across the tailgate.
The video also peeks inside the cabin of the vehicle showing a few updates. The new Tiguan five-seater gets a larger touchscreen infotainment system. We are no sure it will offer the wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, no news on the same yet. Other features that we can expect the new Tiguan to offer include a digital instrument cluster, smart connected telematics, wireless phone charging system, 10-speaker system from Harman Kardon. The international-spec version also gets multiple coloured ambient lighting, touch-sensitive module for the climate control system and many more features.
Volkswagen is likely to offer a new petrol engine option with the Tiguan. Starting with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine options. The smaller engine produces a maximum power of 150PS and peak torque of 250Nm while the higher displacement version offers a maximum power of 190 PS and 320 Nm.
Volkswagen is likely to offer only the 7-speed automatic DSG transmission with the 2.0-litre petrol while the lower variants powered by the 1.5-litre engine may get a 6-speed manual transmission. The higher powered version will also get 4MOTION four-wheel drive system.
The diesel engine will not make a comeback to the Indian market with the new Tiguan. The Volkswagen group has decided to do away with the diesel engine options altogether.