Spied unknown all-electric Volkswagen crossover posing as Tiguan
Volkswagen appears to be working on a new electric crossover, which our spies recently snagged in mule form under a modified test Tiguan Allspace Body. We don’t currently know which model is announcing this, but what we do know is that it’s all-electric and slightly larger overall compared to the Tiguan.
We can tell it’s a taller (particularly longer) vehicle, as the B-pillar seems larger than a Tiguan, and you can see the extra stripe between the doors continues through to the sills too . The width of that clearly visible stripe hints at the size difference between the Tiguan and this upcoming unnamed electric crossover, at least in terms of overall length.
But even if it looks like it’s going to be a bit larger than the current Tiguan, we don’t think this all-electric mule is a preview of the next generation of this model, as Volkswagen has no plans to turn it into an electric vehicle just yet. The next-gen Tiguan will debut with electrified but not fully electric powertrains, so we don’t think that’s what we’re looking at here.
It could be an as yet unannounced model that could line up under the ID.4, although it looks a bit too big to be sold as a smaller and cheaper alternative to the ID.4 (Skoda already has it teased his version of the same vehicle). What we do know for sure is that whatever VW is testing here, the production model isn’t going to look anything like this Mule (or the Tiguan for that matter).
What we don’t currently know is what lies beneath the Tiguan body; it could be the MQB platform, which underlies all smaller ICE Volkswagens, but it could also be the MEB platform, which is only for electric vehicles. It wouldn’t make sense for VW today to make an EV based on MQB (although it is possible) since it now has MEB, but you never know what might make financial sense for the manufacturer.