Volkswagen readies electric ID Tiguan for potential 2026 launch

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VW Group boss Oliver Blume hinted EV version of SUV would help retain brand heritage

An electric version of the Volkswagen Tiguan could arrive in the future, as part of a push for the Volkswagen Group’s brands to draw more closely on their heritage for future electrified models.

The Tiguan is Volkswagen’s best-selling SUV and one of its fully global models. Reports from Germany have also suggested the electric version – likely to be branded the ID Tiguan – could arrive in 2026 and be a similar size to the ICE model.

Set to receive a significant style overhaul this year, the Tiguan will be brought in line with the design language of the smaller Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Polo. It’s expected the ID Tiguan will receive a similar design to its ICE counterpart. 

Speaking at the Volkswagen Group’s annual press conference, chairman Oliver Blume said that the heritage of its brands – which include Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen – was a key differentiator from new EV makers arriving on the market.

The Volkswagen brand initially launched its bespoke EVs under the new ID sub-brand but is now working to ensure some of its classic model names have a future in the electric era under new boss Thomas Schäfer.

It’s likely the ID Tiguan will use the revamped MEB Plus EV platform. Maintaining styling similar to the current Tiguan would also help separate it from the ID 4.

Blume noted that the ID sub-brand would continue in the future, noting that it has “started very successfully.”

Schäfer has previously told Autocar that the Golf and GTI badges will be used on future electric models, with the forthcoming entry-level ‘ID 2’ tipped to take the ID Golf name into production.

“It has been a major advantage for the Volkswagen Group to have a great product portfolio and brand heritage, which sets us apart from many of those new automotive brands that are joining the market,” said Blume.

“Our brands have a long tradition and are very appealing. Customers buy brands, and they’re made up of icons.

“It’s my expectation that our outstanding iconic products, such as the Golf, the GTI brand, the Tiguan, the Audi Quattro and the Porsche 911, can be transformed.”

“Take the 911, for example. We’re going to offer hybrid powertrains to move towards e-mobility. And if you take the Tiguan, I see huge opportunities to turn that product into an electric version.”

Other Group brands are also set to start using classic names for new EVs, with Porsche set to release electric versions of the Macan and Cayenne in the coming years and Audi using the Quattro branding for four-wheel-drive EVs.

The Group is also drawing on external heritage by reviving the Scout name for a new brand that will make ladder-frame electric off-roaders for the US market.

A prototype of the new Tiguan – expected to launch in 2024 – has shown a completely new front end with sharper headlights, a much larger front grille and a redesigned front splitter. 

Indicators have also been added to the wing mirrors, while the SUV retains its distinctive three-spoke chrome detailing at the nose.

The rear end, meanwhile, largely resembles the existing Tiguan, save for bulkier bodywork.

The prototype was largely camouflaged with a black, line-obscuring livery, but it’s clear to see the new Tiguan will feature a wheelbase larger than on the current car but still smaller than on the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace. 

A visible exhaust muffler and rear quad exhaust decoys show that the Tiguan will retain ICE power for this generation. It will likely retain the same powertrains as the current Tiguan: a selection of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains with up to 242bhp.

Source: Autocar

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