VW’s compact crossover has just been refreshed with new exterior and interior design, so it’s pretty much for sure that the current generation is about to remain in production for some more time. However, that doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing novelties in the near future. From what we know so far, the German manufacturer is about to bring a new version in the next year. That model will come as the 2023 VW Tiguan R Performance Hybrid, and it will be the most capable version on offer.
Besides the powertrain, this version may come up with a few more upgrades, in terms of suspension setup and a few styling upgrades. On the other hand, base models will continue in the same way, offering composed handling and a well-built interior. This SUV is also well equipped and offers a third row of seats, which is a pretty rare thing in the segment.
We expect to see the 2023 VW Tiguan R Performance Hybrid by the end of this year.
2023 VW Tiguan R Performance Hybrid Powertrain
Of course, the most interesting aspect of the new version will be the new powertrain. At this point, the details are still unavailable but it’s important to keep in mind that this won’t be the first plug-in hybrid in the company’s lineup. The Touareg has already come with such a system, which combines a V6 engine with a 100-kW electric motor. We presume that the 2023 VW Tiguan R Performance Hybrid would go for something smaller, probably for a 2.0-liter turbo-four. The combined output should be comparable to models like the Toyota RAV4 Prime, which would mean around 300 horsepower of the total output.
On the other hand, base models will continue in the same way, with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, which is enough power to ensure decent performance. Furthermore, it comes coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which is smooth and does a pretty good job.
At this point, it’s still early to talk about numbers. Still, we are pretty sure that this model will be way more efficient than the gasoline version. The gasoline model offers around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is slightly below average for the segment.
2023 VW Tiguan R Performance Hybrid Design
Design-wise, we don’t believe that the 2023 VW Tiguan R Performance Hybrid could bring bigger changes. Simply, the recent update has brought a new styling, which follows the brand’s latest design language. We saw a completely new front end, while the rear of the vehicle introduced some novelties as well. Considering all that, we presume that the new PHEV may come only with a couple of exclusive details.
The same is with mechanics, although some sources speculate about suspension upgrades. In any case, the overall ride quality shouldn’t change drastically. This crossover offers composed handling, which balances comfort and athleticism pretty well.
On the inside, we might see a couple of tweaks on the dashboard, particularly in terms of the instrument cluster. Other than that, things shouldn’t change, so you may count on a well-designed cabin, which features nice materials and good build quality. Also, there is a pretty decent number of tech features, which all make this cabin look more upscale.
When it comes to seating configuration, you know that this is one of the rare three-row compact crossovers. However, the 2023 VW Tiguan R Performance Hybrid might come with just two rows of seats, due to the battery placement. The officials are still quiet on this matter but if that happens, we presume that the cargo area will also be slightly smaller. On the other hand, gasoline models will carry on without changes.
The 2023 VW Tiguan R Performance Hybrid might come with more standard equipment than the base version. However, it’s still early to talk about details. For reference, the current model comes standard with goodies like push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a 6.5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an 8-inch digital gauge cluster.
Also, there is a long list of options and we presume some of them might become standard in this PHEV version. Some of the highlights are goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, a 10.25-inch digital cockpit, a nine-speaker Fender audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, two more USB ports, wireless device charging, remote start, a panoramic sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
2023 VW Tiguan R Performance Hybrid Release Date and Price
We believe that the 2023 VW Tiguan R Performance Hybrid could arrive already by the end of this year. The price is still unknown. On the other hand, the base gasoline-powered Tiguan starts at around 27.500 dollars.