It's an interesting proposition.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is arguably one of the prettiest SUVs around, and definitely the best-looking one that VW has ever made. It's been highly popular, and is set to join the performance SUV battle with the imminent Tiguan R, while a plug-in hybrid version is also on its way. Now that its latest update has been unveiled, it's clear that Volkswagen is looking to attack as many niches as possible. Cars like the BMW X4 have been surprisingly well-received, and now VW wants its own coupe SUV. The Tiguan X is its answer, and thanks to these spy shots by Coche Spias, it looks like the German company is on the right track.
As with all the other cars in this segment, there's that divisive, sloping, fastback roofline along with a completely new taillight arrangement. The rear diffuser also seems to house a reflective strip that is there presumably to lower the tail's focal point and also to increase visual width. It's a bold difference compared to most other vehicles on the road, but that's exactly what coupe SUVs exist for. They're born to stand out, make a statement, and leave people speechless. Obviously, this has its downsides. The regular Tiguan's available seven-seat configuration will certainly not be on offer here, and cargo space will likely be diminished.
However, beyond these obvious drawbacks, we can't find any fault with the Tiguan X - at least not based on the pictures provided. There's no word yet on powerplant and drivetrain options, but don't be surprised to find the same 2.0-liter turbo four-pot and 4Motion all-wheel-drive that are to be fitted to the regular Tiguan. Since we're unlikely to get either the hybrid or the hot R variants, the coupe will have to do, even if it only generates 184 horsepower. Still, bold styling can often overcome any other shortcomings, and we're hopeful that this will be viewed as a baby Q8 and make its way here.