Volkswagen is set to launch an all-new version of its Tiguan compact crossover in 2016, and we have the first spy shots of a test mule for the new vehicle. The German automaker is using the body of a current-generation Tiguan to hide the new mechanicals, but several odd-fitting panels and new interior elements give away the vehicle’s identity.
The new Tiguan will adopt VW’s flexible MQB platform and is expected to be larger than the current model. Expect a longer wheelbase, and even a variant with third-row seats despite VW also planning a production version of the seven-seat CrossBlue concept from 2013
The interior of this test mule had a new steering wheel and instrument cluster, according to our photographer. It’s possible the new Tiguan will adopt VW’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, although a conventional unit may be retained to help reduce costs.
The new Tiguan is expected to be priced more competitively than the current model, which currently starts at $24,170, including an $865 destination charge. Key rivals like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape both start at less than $24k.
Another area of improvement should be fuel economy. The base engine will likely be a 1.8- or 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and may be joined by a diesel option for the first time. Further down the track a hybrid option may join the ranks, too.
Look for a debut of the new VW Tiguan late next year or in early 2016. A 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show debut is possible. Note, VW is working on additional crossovers and SUVs. One that we know of is a subcompact crossover
designed to take on the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.