Images of a new variant of the Volkswagen Tiguan have surfaced online, revealing a third body style option to join the range in Volkswagen’s Chinese line-up.
The new Tiguan X shows off a sleeker coupe-SUV profile to slot in alongside the more practical five-seat Tiguan and seven-seat Tiguan Allspace models.
Joining the range as part of the SAIC Volkswagen joint venture range, the Tiguan X will be the third ‘X model’ to join the range between the smaller Tayron X and larger Teramont X (which also sells in North America as the Atlas Cross Sport), both fastback versions of their respective nameplates.
Following in the footsteps of the updated 2021 Tiguan, the Tiguan X wears Volkswagen’s most recent design language, including the more expressive headlights with an upper edge that trails into the front guards and is picked up again behind the wheels by an applique that then runs into the door swage line.
The front bumper mimics the styling of the updated Tiguan R-Line, but at this stage there’s no details of the interior or any unique elements it might contain.
While the regular Tiguan runs a defined two-box body with an upright and angular glasshouse, the Tiguan X features a lower roofline, more shallow-angled windscreen and a single arc for the upper window line that flows front to rear.
The version snapped here also includes a full-width tail light through the middle of the hatch, with a Lamborghini-esque three-pointed embellishment repeated through each tail light.
A small inbuilt lip spoiler at the trailing edge of the boot and a side-to-side reflector in the bumper all serve to bulk up visual width.
According to Car News China, who posted the images on Facebook, the Tiguan X will come with a choice of two 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines rated at 134kW and 164kW, which line up with the 132TSI and 162TSI engines available for the Tiguan Australia (with a small adjustment to account for different powertrain measurement techniques in overseas markets).
Dimensions appear to be closer to those of the longer Tiguan Allspace with both cars sharing their 2791mm wheelbase. Overall length is 4764mm, or 63mm longer than the Allspace, and at 1859mm wide the Tiguan X appears to be 20mm wider than the seven-seat model. Thanks to the swept roof the 1628mm height is 37mm less than that of its more practical sibling.
The Tiguan X is slated to go on sale in China in the fourth quarter of 2020.
A spokesperson from Volkswagen Australia told CarAdvice, "At this stage it is unknown if the Tiguan X will be offered in markets outside of China, However we're looking forward to the updated Tiguan range arriving in early 2021 with the Allspace to follow soon after".
Given the proliferation of market-specific models unique to the SAIC Volkswagen joint venture there's every chance the Tiguan X could remain for Chinese domestic consumption only.