Next-gen Volkswagen Tiguan switching to 'coupe' form?

The more aggressive, sportier redesign is said to be on track for 2022.

Volkswagen has reportedly narrowed its launch window for the next-generation Tiguan, rumored to adopt a much sleeker coupe-like profile.

Reports circulating last year suggested the company was planning to expand the Tiguan lineup with a coupe variant, selling the sportier new offering alongside the current model.

Auto Express now claims Volkswagen has decided to go all-in with the sportier shape as the Tiguan enters its third generation, retiring the current silhouette in favor of the bolder profile.

The seemingly audacious move (for risk-averse Volkswagen, anyway) aligns with the German automaker's optimistic forecast for EV sales. The company is said to be expecting an equivalent decline in demand for internal-combustion crossovers. Following a trend already established in the struggling sedan segment, automakers may embrace striking new aesthetic designs to better stand out as buyer attention drifts elsewhere.

Built upon VW Group's MQB platform architecture, the redesigned Tiguan is said to be on track for 2022 arrival. The CrossBlue concept (pictured), unveiled in 2013, hints at a possible design direction for the production model.

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