2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Updates Detailed for U.S. Version

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Photo credit: Volkswagen
  • VW has revealed the 2022 Tiguan in U.S.-spec form.

  • It has visual changes inside and out and newly available features.

  • The 2022 Tiguan will go on sale in the U.S. at the end of September.

The Volkswagen Tiguan is getting an update for 2022, and we now know a lot more about the U.S. version of this compact crossover that will go on sale here in the fall. The long-wheelbase U.S.-spec model seen here has similar exterior and interior changes as the short-wheelbase Euro-spec model we saw previously; the trim-level lineup will change, too, and there are some newly available features.

The visual updates include newly standard LED headlights, a different grille, and new wheel designs ranging from 17 to 20 inches. VW's new logo is present, and there's a new Tiguan badge now in the center of the tailgate, like on the Atlas. Two new exterior colors are available including Oryx White and Kings Red.

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Photo credit: Volkswagen

Inside, the steering wheel is new and an 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster is standard. The infotainment system is updated and now offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities on all but the base model. Touch-sensitive climate controls are offered on upper trim levels and capacitive buttons on the steering wheel come standard on R-Line models. Heated front seats are newly standard on the base S trim. The SEL R-Line has a larger 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster and also adds cooled front seats. A brown leather interior is newly offered on the top trim.

The Tiguan will still be available with either standard front-wheel drive or optional 4Motion all-wheel drive. FWD models come with a third row of seats providing seven-passenger capacity, but the third row is no longer an option on AWD models. That means that the loaded SEL R-Line trim level, which comes standard with 4Motion, is five-passenger-only. The other models include the base S, the mid-level SE, and the SE R-Line which has an appearance package including black wheels.

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Photo credit: Volkswagen

There are no changes to the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that comes standard across the board. It makes 184 hp and 221 pound-feet of torque and pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

VW has yet to announce pricing but we expect it to rise somewhat compared with the 2021 Tiguan. The base S should come in around $27,000, with loaded models topping $40,000.

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