Last year, a brand-new Volkswagen Tiguan rolled off the production line every 35 seconds in one of four factories across the globe. Yep, the world has gone crossover-mad.
Now, though, Volkswagen has the tricky task of giving this second generation a facelift, and as you might expect, it has played things very safe indeed. This is Facelift 101—new bumpers front and rear, new headlights, a new infotainment system, and fresh powertrains. No messing.
There are four trim levels for the facelifted Tiguan, with Life, Elegance, and R-Line specs sitting above the base variant. All get revised LED headlights, the VW SUV-family grille, and a higher hood up front, plus a new infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen, an optional Harman/Kardon sound system, and touch-buttons for the climate controls on the inside.
The powertrains are where things get slightly more interesting. That’s because on top of introducing the hot Tiguan R, VW has also announced the Tiguan eHybrid—a plug-in hybrid with 242hp and the ability to travel 50km on electric power alone. The usual range of gasolines and diesels with both four- and two-wheel drive will also feature.
As we’ve come to expect these days, the updated Tiguan arrives with some fresh driver-assistance tech, too. The new Travel Assist system will apparently take complete control of the car on the highway at speeds of up to 209kph by using the adaptive cruise control and lane-assist systems, although a touch-sensitive steering wheel means the driver has to keep their hands on the wheel.
What do we think of the new look, Internet?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.