Volkswagen India is going all out with its SUVW line-up that comprises a new SUV range for the Indian market. While the Tiguan will be the show-stopper for the brand and its mass-market SUV offering, the company also plans to bring back the Tiguan 5-seater to India later this year. And now, the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan facelift has been spotted testing in the country for the first time, nearly confirming those plans. The Tiguan facelift debuted globally last year and comes with refreshed bodywork including new LED projector-beam headlamps, LED DRL pattern, and a revised front bumper with a sportier air intake.
The profile design remains largely the same with new alloy wheels visible while the rear gets a nip and tuck update with new detailing for the LED taillights. The other notable update is the spaced out lettering for the Tiguan badge in the centre of the tailgate. Inside, the cabin on the Tiguan five-seater facelift will see a new and updated touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There will also be the Virtual Cockpit, wireless charging and a host of features.
For those who don’t remember, the pre-facelift Volkswagen Tiguan was sold in India until April 2020 when it was replaced by the seven-seater Tiguan AllSpace. While premium, the model did well for Volkswagen India during its three-year run here but was only offered with the 2.0-litre diesel engine. The version being reintroduced will be the petrol derivative powered by the 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol from the AllSpace. The motor powers a number of VW and Skoda cars in India and produces 190PS and 320Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired to the 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. VW will also offer AWD with the Tiguan facelift.
Rumour has it that the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan facelift will be locally-assembled in India, giving it a cost advantage. That way, the model will coexist alongside the AllSpace at a lower price point. The premium mid-size SUV segment is gaining traction and the Tiguan facelift will have rivals like the Jeep Compass facelift, Hyundai Tucson and the newly launched Citroen C5 AirCross to compete against. Expect priced between Rs. 24-27 lakh (ex-showroom). Expect the new Tiguan TSI 5-seater to go on sale in the second half of the year, once the dust settles over the Taigun launch slated in the first of 2021.