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Facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan officially breaks cover; 235 kW R model coming to SA


The current generation Volkswagen Tiguan has been around for about four years and while we think it still looks fresh and not in dire need of a facelift, VW has officially unveiled a facelifted model.

It follows the design elements of the upcoming Volkswagen Golf 8 and comes with a completely new cabin, latest safety tech and technology equipment.

It comes with standard LED headlights and taillights, a larger grille and big Tiguan lettering at the back. The bumpers have been redesigned and now incorporate bigger vents.

The new Tiguan models are expected to ride on standard 17-inch wheels all the way to 19-20 inch wheels.

The Tiguan also sports two new exterior colour options: Oryx White and Kings Red. With this facelift, VW says not only does the Tiguan look more like the Golf, but also its SUV siblings, the Atlas Cross Sport and the European-market Touareg.

Inside, the refreshed Tiguan comes with a new multifunction steering wheel, as well as a redesigned centre stack that houses a redesigned touchscreen. The infotainment system lurks VW’s latest MIB3 system. All Tiguan models now come standard with a digital instrument cluster.

The base digital instrument cluster is 8.0 inches and the optional screen is 10.0 inches.

In terms of powertrains, the refreshed Tiguan is expected to use the same engines as the outgoing model. A range-topping R model is reportedly coming to SA with 235 kW of power.

The refreshed Tiguan is expected to launch in SA in the first quarter of 2021 with the R model expected to launch later in the year. 

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