New 2016 VW Tiguan spotted out in the open

The booming market for midsize crossovers and SUVs is showing no signs of faltering and to take advantage VW is readying its all-new Tiguan. The second-generation mini SUV will sit on the VW Group’s latest MQB platform architecture, and will go head-to-head with the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Qashqai when it comes out in early 2016.

The new Tiguan is expected to remain fairly conventional in terms of styling and drive to take the lions share of sales, but we’re expecting a production version of the smaller Taigun concept later in 2016 to rival the Honda HR-V, with further crossover models possible before the end of the decade.

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Although heavily under wraps in these spy pics, it’s clear the new Tiguan gets a complete redesign, looking larger with a stretched wheelbase and a shorter front overhang. That should help improve passenger space, while other exterior features will include LED lights front and rear and the latest family face, taken from the MK7 Golf

The rear looks chunkier than before, probably in an effort to increase bootspace, but we’ve also previously spoken to sources who claim there could be a seven-seat version on the cards to make a cut-price alternative to the Land Rover Discovery Sport. We expect a five-seat version to be the first that’s launched, however.

The interior should make the move further upmarket, with improved materials and the latest VW connectivity features. It’s likely the Tiguan will even receive the option of new gesture control tec which Volkswagen announced would appear on the facelifted Golf in 2016

In terms of engines we can expect no surprises, with the usual TSI downsized turbo petrol engines and diesels borrowed from the Golf. The possibility of the hybrid powertrain from the Golf GTE, or even a fully electric unit from the e-Golf, isn’t something we should rule out.  

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