Volkswagen is freshening its top-selling crossover, the Tiguan, later this year with new front and rear styling, an updated infotainment system and an improved drivetrain in Europe. However, the updates aren't likely to make it to the U.S. until 2021.
The Tiguan is the German brand's top-selling vehicle line globally and is produced in a short version sold predominantly in Europe and a longer-wheelbase version, with available three-row seating, that is popular in North America and China.
Volkswagen sold 109,963 Tiguans in the U.S. in 2019, where the compact crossover was both the brand's top seller and comprised more than 30 percent of the brand's total deliveries. Volkswagen has sold more than 6 million Tiguans globally since 2007.
The updated version coming next year will feature a new front fascia that is more athletic-looking and new rear styling. Volkswagen released a teaser sketch but won't reveal the full freshened styling until later this summer in Europe.
In the cabin, the infotainment system will be upgraded to the brand's MIB3 system, which will closely hew to that revealed with the eighth-generation Golf that debuted last fall, Volkswagen said.
The Tiguan's powertrain is set to get an upgrade, at least in European versions, though the North American model will retain its current drivetrain for the time being. When the current version of the Tiguan was introduced in 2017, Volkswagen altered the performance of the 2.0-liter inline-four to a modified Miller cycle to boost fuel economy. The move reduced available horsepower but improved torque.