The Volkswagen Tiguan family is expanding yet again. After a reveal of the facelift and subsequent R model, Volkswagen has taken the wraps off of the Tiguan X SUV coupe.
Earmarked as a China-only model for now, the Volkswagen Tiguan X coupe was first leaked to the public in patent images in July 2020.
It's unmistakably a Tiguan from the front, but from the side adopts that gradual rear sloping style that's so stereotypical of these SUV coupes. There's a sporty spoiler on the roofline, while the rear gains new-look tail lights that are different to the conventional Volkswagen Tiguan. There's a lightbar connecting the 2 sets of rear lights, a design element that's in fashion currently.
What you see here is the flagship offering, badged as a 380 TSI 4Motion. Under the bonnet of the Tiguan X is a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol motor with 165 kW and 380 Nm. Power goes to the Volkswagen 4Motion all-wheel-drive system via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The range kicks off with a 2.0-litre TSI which has 140 kW and 330 Nm. It too features the same 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The flagship offering you see here features the popular R Line exterior pack. There's a subtle R on the front grille, as well as more aggressive-looking bumpers and bigger wheels. Built on the MQB platform and using a long-wheelbase Tiguan as a base, the Volkswagen Tiguan X is assembled in China by Volkswagen/SAUC joint venture.
As for as Volkswagen SA's compact family car line-up is concerned for the immediate future, the next addition will be the T-Roc, which will arrive towards the end of 2020 to slot in between the T-Cross and the 5-seat Tiguan ranges. Could there be room for a Tiguan X in a market? What we do know is Volkswagen SA confirmed the facelifted Tiguan is due in the first quarter of 2021, while the performance Tiguan R will arrive towards the end of 2021.