Volkswagen Offers Up Refreshed Tiguan in the USA for 2022 Model Year

Andrew Cummings
July 2, 2020

You also get paddles to change gear yourself but the Tiguan sticks with a conventional gear lever rather than the Golf's small switch. We're told photos of the updated long wheelbase Tiguan will come closer to when it goes on sale.

The update consists of what's typically expected for a mid-cycle refresh of a vehicle performing well - it's now Volkswagen's top-seller in the U.S. To start, the Tiguan gets new styling in front and back - you're looking at photos of the short wheelbase Euro-spec auto, so just imagine this, but longer.

A statement from Volkswagen says the new Tiguan "takes assisted driving one step further" with a new optional feature called Travel Assist.

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The COVID-19 pandemic means the timing of the much-less-dramatic updates to the 2021 model SUV have been thrown off, though we should see them later this year.

At the rear, there is a mildly restyled bumper and new details for the LED tail lamps.

Unfortunately, the Tiguan R isn't coming, either. New wheel designs are also on the cards.


As for the proposed Volkswagen Tiguan R high-performance model, the spokesman said: "We'd love to offer it. Australia remains one of the biggest markets worldwide for R cars, so it would be a ideal fit for us". The model also features a digital instrument cluster with either an 8- or 10.25-inch display.

Other highlights include updated "decors" and a newly available ambient lighting system with 15 colors.

United States models will have premium audio by Fender, though it's unclear if that will be offered on examples sold here.


The refreshed SUV gets an all-new grille that merges into new-look headlights; these units are similar to the ones on the current-gen Golf. This version of the benchmark EA888 four-cylinder, turbocharged direct-injection engine uses an innovative modification to the conventional four-stroke cycle to offer an outstanding combination of power, efficiency, and responsiveness. Maximum torque of 221 lb-ft is available from 1,600 to 4,360 rpm.

Automatic emergency braking is standard on all Tiguans, and VW offers a driver-assistance system that can brake, accelerate, and steer the crossover at speeds up to 130 miles per hour with the driver's hands on the wheel. For this objective, the assist system uses the signals from the front camera and the GPS and map data from the navigation system for control. The driver activates the system by pressing a separate Travel Assist button on the new multifunction steering wheel, but must keep their hands on the steering wheel even when Travel Assist is active.

The latest generation of adaptive cruise control (ACC), available on top trims, proactively takes into account local speed limit information, town boundary signs, junctions and roundabouts.


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