Volkswagen’s Tiguan compact SUV has been given a mid-life facelift, and the first photos of the revised 4WD vehicle have been revealed ahead of the its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Sporting a new front end defined by horizontal lines to bring it into line with the current VW design DNA, the new Tiguan looks sharper and sleeker than the current model, so says the company, which adds that further details about the vehicle will be announced closer to Geneva.

Advance sales of the new Tiguan have already begun in Germany – earlier than initially planned – due to sustained high demand for the previous model, which has sold out. Despite numerous improvements, the great news is that – in Europe at least – the vehicle is still priced at the same level as the previous model.

While it hasn’t quite peppered the streets here, the Tiguan is a definite volume seller in many places – in Germany, its average market share in the compact SUV segment grew to 21% last year, and globally, a total of 572,000 Tiguans have been delivered since it was first launched in autumn 2007.

Gallery after the jump.

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