Volkswagen’s new third-generation Tiguan compact SUV has an updated, sleeker design that the automaker claims reduces the car’s drag coefficient to 0.28Cd from 0.33.
New styling accentuates the lower part of the car’s grille, which extends to the edges where air curtains help reduce drag by flowing air more efficiently around the front wheels.
VW has also included light strips across the front and rear of the car, bringing the look of the Tiguan in line with more recent designs. The car can also be specified with high-definition matrix LED headlights.
Inside, VW has moved features including heating and ventilation controls onto the dashboard screen, which measures up to 15 inches. Like the VW Passat, the new Tiguan runs what the automaker calls its MIB4 (modular infotainment matrix 4th generation) digital architecture for its cockpit and central screen displays.
The plug-in hybrid version of the new Tiguan will have an electric range of up to 100 km (62 miles), which was made possible by switching the SUV to the updated version VW Group’s MQB platform.