Volkswagen's Best-Selling SUV Is Getting A Refresh

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The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan has been spotted with styling changes inspired by the new Golf.

The current-generation Volkswagen Tiguan has been on sale since 2016 and continues to be one of VW's best sellers. New standard safety tech was added to Volkswagen's popular crossover for the 2020 model year, but the time is now right for a mid-cycle refresh. Last month, we got our first look at the updated 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan after the SUV was spotted posing for a photo shoot with no camouflage.

Unfortunately, the quality of the photo at the time wasn't great, but now our spy photographers have spotted a prototype being tested, giving us a better look at the refreshed Tiguan. Looks handsome, no?

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Volkswagen has tried to mask the changes with some subtle camouflage and stickers, but the automaker isn't fooling anyone. As we saw in the leaked photo, the Tiguan's front fascia is being updated with slimmer LED headlights mimicking those found on the new 2020 Volkswagen Golf.

Elsewhere, a new front bumper is also inspired by the Golf, and the grille appears to be larger. Similar changes can be found at the back, as the 2021 Tiguan is sporting restyled LED tail lights and an updated bumper.

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No photos of the interior are available yet, but the cabin could also have some minor changes such as an updated infotainment system and additional safety tech. As we expected, the styling tweaks are going to be subtle. We're probably going to have to wait for the next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan to arrive to see some more major changes as rumors suggest the body style will change to a crossover coupe.

As for the powertrain options, the updated Volkswagen Tiguan could inherit the new eighth-generation Golf's mild-hybrid tech. Since the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan facelift has already been spied undisguised, we're expecting it to debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show next month, alongside the new Golf GTI.

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