VW to transform Tiguan ICE SUV into electric crossover; launch expected in 2026
German motor vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) has announced that it will transform its best-selling ICE-powered Tiguan SUV into a fully-electric crossover SUV, which will likely go on sale in 2026.
The electric SUV will reportedly be called the VW ID.Tiguan, which is expected to be officially unveiled in late 2025 and released into global markets in 2026. The company has plans to produce the zero emissions SUV at its production plant in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The automaker announced the plans at a works council meeting that recently took place at the Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony-based headquarters, where German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was also in attendance. After the meeting, a spokesperson for the company confirmed the plans and revealed that the EV similar in size and style to the Tiguan will join the brand’s EV lineup within the next three years.
As mentioned above, the all-electric ID.Tiguan will be similar to the current ICE Tiguan, which measures 4509mm, 1839mm and 1686mm in length, breadth and height, respectively. Its wheelbase measures 2681mm. It means, the planned electric SUV will also be similar in size to the existing ID.4 electric SUV, which measures in at 4584mm, 1852mm and 1636mm in length, breadth and height, respectively, with a 2765mm wheelbase.
In the past, VW customers repeatedly requested the brand to bring electric versions of popular models like the Golf, Golf GTI, and the Tiguan. The company brought an electric version of the Golf and offered the EV under the e-Golf moniker. But, neither the GTI nor the Tiguan were transformed into EVs.
CEO Oliver Blume said in a statement, “The Golf is an icon – a whole generation was named after it. That’s why we also want to bring vehicles like the Golf and the Tiguan into the electric age.”
According to available information, the so-called VW ID.Tiguan electric SUV will be based on the brand’s revised version of the existing MEB platform, called MEB Plus. The same platform will reportedly be used for the upcoming ID.Golf, which is widely expected to be unveiled in concept form before the end of this quarter (most probably sometime in March this year).
The automaker claims that the MEB Plus platform or architecture will be much more efficient than the existing one. It will accommodate lithium iron phosphate (LFP) prismatic battery cells, dual-motor system, and support all-wheel drive (AWD) powertrains.