The 2018 model year for the Tiguan compact SUV arrives with a major improvement in the United States – an updated 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder engine from the EA888 family.
The EA888 engine range is a long-standing tradition for the VW Group – it first saw daylight inside the CC sedan back in 2009, marking the apparition of the downsizing trend at the German automaker – which means smaller, more efficient engines. Years away from its inception, the upgraded application for the Tiguan still marks the efficiency theme, coming with all-new aluminum-alloy pistons, cylinder heads, and valve springs for the cast-iron block. No official EPA estimates have been advanced, but VW’s internal tests compare it to the 1.8-liter engine available in the Passat, Jetta, Beetle, and Golf.
The new 2.0-liter TSI with its “improved efficiency” also comes with a 20 percent increase in terms of torque – the rating stands at 221 pound-feet (299 Newton-meters) while peak horsepower is 184 (137 kilowatts). Compared to the outgoing 2017 model year, the hp rating has been lowered by 16 ponies, while the torque is massively enhanced by 14 lb-ft (207 vs 221). The new 2.0-liter TSI engine is currently the only available engine inside the Tiguan, and VW says the updated powertrain will also become available throughout the model roster in the near future.