Although only sketches these first images, published by Germany’s Auto Motor Und Sport, are reportedly official Volkswagen renderings that have leaked early.
The new Tiguan is expected to arrive in three variants, a five seat version, a longer seven seat version, and debuting a little later, a fast-back five-door SUV coupe variant.
Inspired by the Cross Coupe GTE concept first shown at Detroit at the beginning of this year, the new Tiguan wears a more bluff, square-set design than the current Tiguan. Elements from the Cross Coupe GTE, such as the L-shaped tail lights and door handles tucked into the high-set swage line look to carry over.
Dimensionally the new Tiguan will be longer, and wider than the outgoing model, with an increased wheelbase for extra interior space. Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform will provide the new SUV’s underpinnings.
Seven-seat Tiguan’s will ride on an even longer wheelbase, and feature a longer rear overhang to accommodate the third row of seats. The five and seven-seat versions will allow Volkswagen to target mid-size five seaters like the Toyota RAV-4, while also treading on the toes of more upmarket seven-seaters like Land Rover's Discovery Sport.
Boot space in the five-seat model is also expected to be bumped up from the current 395 litre capacity. Practicality should benefit from a more flexible interior too.
On the less practical side of things, a five-door SUV coupe is expected to join the range after the five and seven seat versions.
Borrowing from the Golf playbook, a high performance Tiguan Coupe R will headline the range. Outputs are expected to climb beyond the current 206kW (in Australian specification) Golf R to as much as 295kW.
The rest of the Tiguan engine range will closely follow the Golf. Current twin-charged engine will make way for newer turbocharged variants, expect 1.4 and 2.0 litre petrol engines, and 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesels.
Australia is likely to forgo the lowest output variants in each range. A plug-in hybrid GTE version will also be added to the range.
GTE versions of Golf and Passat already make up part of the European lineup but are yet to be introduced in Australia.