Volkswagen may be going all-in on EV’s, but it isn’t done updating its gas vehicles just yet. The Tiguan SUV received updates about a year ago in Europe, now Volkswagen is finally applying said updates to the U.S. variant.
The most obvious change to the 2022 Tiguan is its exterior styling. VW has effectively updated all of the plastic bits, including a new front clip design that features a distinctive wraparound LED daytime running lamp. The new lighting treatment aligns with new headlights and a new lower fascia to give the Tiguan a generally classier appearance. If the new look doesn’t seem that new, it’s because it’s virtually identical to the European updates from nearly a year ago.
Volkswagen has taken longer to push the updates stateside because U.S. customers receive the long wheelbase version. Known as the Tiguan Allspace in Europe, the U.S. version continues to come standard with seating for five, but can be fitted with an optional third row. However, the third row is limited to front-wheel drive layout only.
Inside the updates are similar in scope, but arguably more impactful. The overall dash remains unchanged, but VW has eliminated analog gauges in favor of either a standard eight-inch or optional 10-inch Digital Cockpit display. This enhancement really gives the interior a more techy feel, which is further accentuated by new touch controls. VW’s latest MIB3 infotainment software has also been installed, which allows for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Tiguan buyers will also appreciate that Volkswagen’s VW’s IQ.DRIVE suite of driver assistance equipment is now standard on every version beyond the base model.
Sadly there have been no major changes under the Tiguan’s hood. It will continue with a turbocharged 2.0-liter that generates 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, same as the 2021 model. VW does note that is has made some updates to the Tiguan’s powertrain, but clearly the power figures were not among the changes.
The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan will begin arriving in dealerships in the third quarter of this year.