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  • The VW Tiguan SUV is getting an update soon with refreshed looks and a new infotainment system.
  • A teaser photo shows a new design for the headlights and grille.
  • The updated Europe-market Tiguan will debut this summer, and the U.S. version will arrive in 2021.

    Volkswagen is preparing an update for its Tiguan SUV and the refreshed model is slated to launch in the U.S. sometime in 2021 for the 2022 model year. A teaser photo previews its freshened front-end styling, and VW also says the 2022 Tiguan will have a new infotainment system and additional tech features. We don’t expect significant mechanical changes, although the company did say that it’s considering some sort of more powerful engine option for our market.

    Visually, reshaped LED headlights and taillights will be standard, and we expect new wheel designs and some reworked body panels as well. The grille looks slimmer and more shapely, with VW’s new logo design prominently displayed in the center. Inside, the Tiguan will benefit from a redesigned steering wheel and the company’s newer MIB3 infotainment system that should bring crisper graphics and increased connectivity options.

    The sole U.S. version of the Tiguan will remain the long-wheelbase model with an optional third row of seats. Its 184-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four likely won’t change much, but VW representatives hinted that a more powerful engine may eventually come into play. A plug-in hybrid model will be added to the European Tiguan lineup but such a powertrain won’t come to the U.S. until the next-generation Tiguan appears several years from now, VW says.

    We’ll first see the updated Tiguan this summer when the Europe-market version is revealed. But U.S. customers will have to wait until next year for the 2022 Tiguan to arrive on our shores.

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