Volkswagen is biding its time until its new SUV models come to market within the next two years. In the meantime, the company is issuing price reductions for the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg SUVs in an effort to keep these aging models in demand at dealerships before they’re replaced.
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan now starts at $25,755 with destination, $1,365 less than before and closer to the base prices of class leaders like the $24,325 Honda CR-V. Despite the decrease, the base S model actually adds new features including keyless access with push-button start, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. The sportier Tiguan R-Line also goes down in price, and now sits between the S and SE models. All 2016 Tiguan models receive versions of Volkswagen’s new MIB II infotainment system, which comes with a USB port and app support functions on certain models.
The larger 2016 Volkswagen Touareg SUV gets a slightly larger discount, with the starting price dropping $2,000 to $43,615 for the base V-6 Sport model. This price reduction also applies to TDI models with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6, with the TDI Sport model now starting at $50,245 with destination.
The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is cancelled for 2016; this gas-electric SUV was previously the most expensive Touareg in the lineup, but provided worse fuel economy than the TDI models, at 20/24 mpg city/highway. This leaves the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid as the only remaining hybrid in the automaker’s portfolio.
Coming on the horizon are two completely new Volkswagen SUVs, including an unnamed three-row crossover to be built at the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant that currently builds the U.S.-market Passat, and a redesigned Tiguan that will ride on the modular MQB platform that underpins the 2015 Volkswagen Golf. There will also be a long-wheelbase version of the next Tiguan that will be built in Mexico for the U.S. market. Look for these new SUVs to debut within the next year, with the Chattanooga-built midsize SUV set to start production in 2016, and the next Tiguan set to go on sale by 2017.