Sporting a new look and some efficiency-enhancing tech touches, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan made its world debut in Geneva. This enthusiast-grade compact crossover now serves up its GTI power and enthusiasm with an added measure of purposeful panache.

Key visual changes to the U.S.-spec 2012 Tiguan include a redesigned front fascia that now fully embraces the current VW corporate face. That reset includes a wider grille with two horizontal chrome strips and trapezoidal lower intakes that also house the fog lamps. Still available in S, SE, and SEL trims, the top-line version also will offer new bi-xenon headlamps with VW's corner-following AFS advanced headlight system for the first time. Out back, revised tailllghts have new LED elements arrayed in a VW-signature "Double L" configuration. Beyond a couple of new colors, the 2012 VW Tiguan also will be available with "Savannah" design 19-inch alloy wheels designed by R GmbH to complement its sport-tuned suspension. 

Underhood, the 2.0-liter/200-horswpower TSI turbocharged four-cylinder also used in the GTI remains unchanged. However a variety of focused friction- and energy-reduction efforts -- including the addition of low-rolling resistance tires -- coupled with some ratio juggling in the six-speed automatic transmission (a six-speed manual is still standard in the S model) are expected to lift the Tiguan's highway EPA figure from 25 to 29 mpg. As now, all three trim levels will offer the choice of front- and 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Volkswagen also revised the interior trimouts across the entire 2012 Tiguan lineup. The 2012 Tiguan S gains a new higher-quality black cloth upholstery while the SE will get VW's V-Tex leatherette in black or beige and the seats in the SEL will mirror the SE's color palette but add a driver-side memory. SEL buyers will also be able to select the Premium Navigation System with the big-screen display as an option. All Tiguan models will come with a new design steering wheel, reshaped shifter and Bluetooth connectivity. The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan will be available this fall, and the automaker says it intends price the vehicle at a level that will make it an even better value than the current model.

New Car Spotlight


Free Dealer Price Quote

Get the best price and be more prepared with your free, no-obligation price quote