Volkswagen is still hoping to become a serious player in the SUV segment and follows the recent update of its big Touareg with a refreshing of the little Tiguan ute.
The new look, which debuts at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, features the brand’s distinctive crossbar grille, which frames a classic VW logo. It’s a similar look to the one the maker debuted on the new Jetta and Passat models. The high-line SEL model shares the LED eyeliner look that VW’s Audi brand has helped pioneer – along with Bi-Xenon lamps. Trapezoidal air intakes house new fog lamps.
All three versions of the 2012 Tiguan will get a revised interior, the maker says, with seating surfaces stepping up from cloth to leatherette to real leather.
The 2012 ute, which goes on sale this coming autumn, will rely on VW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Specific performance details have yet to be announced but the maker expects to improve mileage to an estimated 25 mpg City, 29 Highway.