Ahead of a reported early 2025 Australian introduction, the new third-generation 2025 Volkswagen Tiguan has been revealed with an updated platform, new exterior styling, a high-tech new interior, more technology and an updated range of drivetrains. In Europe at least, new-generation plug-in hybrid models will be on offer as well, with up to 100km of electric driving range, while both petrol and diesel drivetrains on offer have been upgraded as well.

Kai Gr√ľnitz, Member of the Brand Board of Management responsible for Technical Development: “State-of-the-art technology components interact perfectly in the MQB evo: a new generation of plug-in hybrid drives with electric ranges of up to 100 kilometres, probably the best active chassis control in its segment, premium interior quality and an equally new and intuitive infotainment system deliver what drivers expect from Volkswagen.”

The design of the 2025 Volkswagen Tiguan shows a similar look to other recent new Volkswagen models, with less angular and more rounded styling than the current model helping increase its aerodynamic coefficiency from 0.33Cd to 0.28Cd. The interior also carries a similar look to other new Volkswagen models, but the materials used appear to be softer, such as the padded arm rests on the doors and soft trim on the centre console. The transmission is now controlled by a stalk to the right of the steering wheel, with a twist forward for drive and one towards the driver for reverse.

In the centre of the dashboard is a either a smaller 12.9-inch or larger 15-inch touchscreen, which is much larger than the current model’s 8.0- and 9.2-inch units and a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display will also be available. The touchscreens are home to new ‘MIB4’ infotainment software with over-the-air updates in Europe, which have been redesigned compared to the ID.3 and ID.4 electric cars that they originally debuted in, for better ease of use. The touch sliders underneath the screen are now illuminated, and there’s a new rotary controller on the centre console to control driving modes, audio volume and new ‘atmospheres’ that offer pre-set modes of ambient lighting and other cabin features.

Now based on the updated ‘MQB Evo’ platform, the 2025 Volkswagen Tiguan has grown slightly to 4,539mm long and 1,639mm tall – 30mm longer and 4mm taller than the current model. Its 1,842mm width and 2,680mm long wheelbase are identical to the current model, while its bootspace has grown to 652-litres with the seats up, an increase of 37L.

The company has reportedly reworked the Tiguan’s dynamics for sharper and more stable handling, while the all-wheel drive system has also been revised for greater refinement. Originally developed for the current Golf GTI as well is the vehicle dynamics manager system, which controls functions of the differential and adaptive dampers for superior dynamics. Its active safety systems have been upgraded as well, with upgrades to the auto braking and lane keeping systems, new HD Matrix adaptive high beam headlights and even the ability to park the car from a smartphone application.

Globally, a range of powerplants will be available for the 2025 Volkswagen Tiguan, including mild-hybrid petrol and diesel units, as well as new plug-in hybrid drivetrains with up to 100km of electric driving range. Petrol options include 96kW and 110kW versions of the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine used in other VW Group cars, as well as a larger 2.0-litre unit making either 150kW or 195kW.

A 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine is available in either 110kW or 142kW forms, with either front- or all-wheel drive available. All petrol and diesel Tiguans use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

As with the current Tiguan in Europe, plug-in hybrid drivetrains are also available and have been upgraded for this generation. The plug-in hybrid drivetrains combine the 1.5TSI engine with a more powerful electric motor and a 19.7kWh battery pack for up to 100km of electric driving range. Both Tiguan PHEV models are front-wheel drive, and make either 150kW or 200kW of power.

While Australian specifications are yet to be announced, it’s likely that our market will only get petrol units – possibly the 1.5TSI and both versions of the 2.0TSI – with no diesel or plug-in hybrid models.

The 2025 Volkswagen Tiguan will reportedly go on sale in Australia by early 2025, with local pricing and specification details yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

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