2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

When the Volkswagen Tiguan received its first update at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show , a lot of people believed that it was only a matter of time before a next-generation crossover arrives in dealerships.

We all know now that an all-new Tiguan is scheduled to be unveiled early next year so these spy shots of a Tiguan mule has arrived at just the right time.

Our initial response upon seeing these spy photos aren’t all that impressive. Unless our eyes deceive us, the new Tiguan looks a lot longer than its predecessor, all while riding higher than we initially thought and carrying a bigger set of wheels.

That, of course, is partly explained by Volkswagen’s decision to base the new Tiguan on the MQB platform, which has a slightly longer wheelbase to allow more space for rear passengers to be comfortable, particularly in the legroom area. It’ll still be a five-seater because adding those two extra seats would mean it would overlap with Volkswagen’s plans of offering a new SUV that will be based on the CrossBlue Concept .

The front end doesn’t appear to carry any drastic changes in design, although there’s no clear shot of the front that would lead us to believe that its styling characteristic has been dramatically altered.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Spy shots

February 19, 2014 - First testing session

Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Tiguan

There’s another part about these spy shots that are giving us issues. The rear end is a little flat for a crossover, and certainly a lot more than the current Tiguan that’s available today. With that also shows a rear bumper that’s lower than usual, which is another strange sight on these spy shots.

We’re not prepared to be completely disappointed by what we’re seeing here, but based on this Tiguan mule, we at least should prepare ourselves for a next-generation model that will be drastically different in dimensions and proportions to what we have today.

Competitors

2013 Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

The new Toyota RAV4 is still a powerhouse in the sales arena, and still one of the most attractive crossover in the market. Thus, with a recent realignment to be a five-seater and four-banger exclusively, and leaving the seven-seater V-6 market to the larger Highlander, a new day arrived for the RAV4

The RAV4 shares its size and market with the Volkswagen Tiguan, even if the latter has the slight step up over the RAV4 in terms of its output. Pricing for both models also fall between the $23,000 to $28,000 depending on the trim you choose, so really, the RAV4 and the Tiguan ultimately falls as a matter of preference for the buyer.

2014 Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

If sportiness is one of your biggest needs, the Mazda CX-5 has the freshness and dynamic character to fit nicely in your garage. A more powerful optional engine cuts the original CX-5’s sprint times very nicely and as far as looks are concerned, an argument can be made that there aren’t a lot of crossovers that look as good as the CX-5 does. The new Ford Escape can make a case although it remains to be seen if the Tiguan can do so, too.

Also, the CX-5 also possesses another trump card up its sleeve: fuel efficiency where its 36 mpg rating is the best of any crossover.

History

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volskwagen Tiguan made its debut in concept guise at the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show before showing its production look less than a year later at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Sin Sin ce then, the Tiguan has crafted a reputation as a sporty crossover that owes some of its heritage to Volkswagen’s GTI line, a testament to the Tiguan’s sporty looks, impressive output, and all-around versatility.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why the Tiguan is named as such, the name was chosen after winning a naming contest in Autobild magazine, beating the likes of Namib, Rockton, Liger, Samun and Nanuk.


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