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America's Volkswagen Tiguan Receives Nice Updates For 2022

The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the more popular SUVs in the brand's lineup, since it competes in one of the most crowded crossover segments, the midsize segment. When the Tiguan first debuted in 2008, it was a compact crossover, but when the larger Touareg left the US in 2016, VW reorganized the Tiguan's worldwide lineup and underpinnings. For its 2016 redesign in the US, the Tiguan became much larger then before. Meanwhile, in Europe, the Tiguan remains as a compact SUV offering. But in order to reach more customers in Europe, America's Tiguan arrived in Europe as the Tiguan Allspace, which is what you see here.

Europe's standard Tiguan gained similar upgrades for the 2021 model year, with updated headlights and front fascia, new safety features, revised taillights, and an upgraded interior. The Allspace is getting the facelift for the 2022 model year. The new Allspace, especially on the R-Line trim, gains larger air intakes than last year, and sharper edges to make the crossover less boring. LED daytime running lights are now standard, which is a feature that surprisingly came as optional in previous years. The LED headlights adopt similar design to the new Golf 8, which has a more menacing look and less of a rounded shape. An LED light strip running across the grille follows a trend with the Taos and ID electric models, and is available as an option. The new Tiguan's tailgate emblem also relates to the Taos, with a more modern font. Most exterior colors remain, but Volkswagen did add a nice Atlantic Blue color to the 2022 range.

The interior is a bit more luxurious, but hasn't changed much. An 8-inch infotainment screen comes standard, while a larger 10-inch version is yet another option. Upon subscribing to Volkswagen's software plan, you will gain access to helpful features such as in-car WiFi from Volkswagen CarNet. The infotainment, despite slight changes, has received the next generation version of the automaker's Climatronic Touch display, which lacks knobs, but has grooves for easily altering the temperature without looking. But this doesn't mean that there are no more buttons and knobs altogether. Additionally, to the relief of most buyers, kept the volume and tuning knobs for the radio, rather than burying the controls in the infotainment system. A panoramic sunroof is available as well in the SE trim and higher.

The Tiguan Allspace also got upgraded colors and materials inside, including cinnamon leather. Another feature that Volkswagen is really promoting on the new Tiguan is a thrid row. It comes stanard on most front-wheel drive trims, S, SE, and SE R-Line, and is available on the AWD SE R-Line. But since the Tiguan Allspace is much smaller than the Atlas, despite being larger than Europe's standard Tiguan, so the third row might only seat smaller kids comfortably. In the US version, the third row standard to optional ratio might be more towards optional, but we'll have to wait and see.

Powertrains haven't changed too much, still including a 2.0 liter turbocharged four engine, producing up to 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Volkswagen made sure to make the torque output larger than the horsepower, since family SUV buyers would likely be looking for the speedier feel of torque. VW's eight-speed automatic is the only transmission offered for 2022, the all-wheel drive is optional over the standard front-wheel drive. Volkswagen has simplified the trim lineup to just four: S, SE, SE R-Line Black, and SEL R-Line. The S comes with 17-inch wheels, heated seats with multiple layouts, and keyless entry. The SE upgrades to 19-inch wheels, Climatronic Touch, a powered driver's seat with leatherette, and the essential safety features from VW's IQ.Drive like adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist. SE R-Line Black adds, obviously, black trims and accents, ambient lighting, and a sport steering wheel. The range-topper SEL R-Line gets all of the features that are in the S, SE, and SE R-Line Black, but with even more. The wheels go from 19 inches to 20, the 10-inch infotainment display, a premium audio system, a heated steering wheel and seats, genuine leather, and ventilated seats.

Volkswagen hasn't announced exact pricing yet, but they stated that it will be very competitive with rivals from Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Subaru. Expect a mid-20,000's base price, with the SEL R-Line reaching almost $40,000. The 2022 Tiguan and Europe's Allspace are coming to Volkswagen dealers this fall.

Source Credits: Volkswagen, CarBuzz


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