Volkswagen has been on a roll this 2020. Earlier this year, they launched the Caddy MPV and the 462 horsepower Touareg R SUV. Last week, they revealed the updated Arteon which is now available as a wagon/shooting brake. Now, the German marque has given the popular Tiguan crossover a brand new look both inside and out.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan now looks like a Golf on stilts image

Interestingly, the refreshed Tiguan now looks like the latest Golf VIII albeit on stilts. Upfront, it gets a new set of LED headlights paired with a larger front grille. To further enhance the sleek looks of the crossover, the bumper has also been restyled with larger vents. At the rear, it gets a new set of LED taillights together with a “TIGUAN” badge on the trunk lid just below the VW emblem. New wheels are available ranging from 17-inch up to 20-inch units depending on the trim level. For an even sportier look, the new R and R-Line variants (seen in the photos) get an even more aggressive-looking bumper.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan now looks like a Golf on stilts image

While the exterior changes on the Tiguan aren’t as extensive, most of the upgrades can be found inside. A digital cockpit now comes standard similar to what you’d find on the new Golf. It features a new multifunction steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons paired with a new 8.0 or 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. Meanwhile, a new center stack houses the new touchscreen infotainment system with Volkswagen MIB3 as standard.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan now looks like a Golf on stilts image

To keep occupants safe, Volkswagen’s Travel Assist safety suite is now offered on the Tiguan as well. It features adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist which can take over vehicle control at speeds of up to 210 km/h.

Powering the refreshed Tiguan is the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder which continues to produce 184 PS and 300 Nm torque as the pre-facelift model. Over in Europe, customers will be getting the more powerful Tiguan R with 320 PS on tap. A plug-in hybrid variant is also available with 245 PS.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan now looks like a Golf on stilts image

Unfortunately, it is unlikely we will be getting this refreshed Tiguan anytime soon. The current model Tiguan being offered by Volkswagen Philippines is the previous-generation longer wheelbase model. The rest of the world, however, will get the updated Tiguan in late 2021.