Volkswagen has revealed that a new version of its Tiguan SUV will have its official debut during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to be held in Detroit this coming January 2017. Specifically, this variant of the Tiguan is expected to showcase a much longer wheelbase.
Dubbed as the Tiguan L or Allspace, the wheelbase is now longer by as much as 4.3 inches (11 cm) giving it overall length of around 181 inches (460 cm). With this new length plus the overhang in the rear made longer as well, it gives the Tiguan Allspace a bigger body. As such, it allows for an additional space to put in a new pair of seats and thus increase total passenger count to a maximum of seven. However like those of its competitors, for instance the Land Rover Discovery Sport, there is a high possibility that the new third-row seats will only appropriate fgor children.
In terms of design, an early look has revealed that compared to the previous version, the new model has a roofline that is flatter with the rear doors now longer. However there are still similarities like the rear section and even how the B-pillar also has the same forward style. This is because the XL Tiguan utilizes the same modular MQB chassis of the smaller version.
For the version set to be released in the Europe market, it will be equipped with a wide range of engines powered either by diesel and gas. That said, it will be paired to different dual-clutch gearbox or manual transmission, allowing for a variety of combinations. A front-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive will be offered as well much like what VW does with the standard Tiguan.
However for the variant to be sold in the U.S., there is the likelihood that the choices may be limited. If anything, the Tiguan L or Allspace will probably be fitted with the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with varying outputs and then mated to a DSG gearbox. While there is a chance a four-wheel drive version could be included, this could be set aside for those with higher output.
According to the brand, the XL Tiguan will be manufactured at its facility located in Puebla, Mexico. This is the same facility where the smaller version is made as well and is VW’s largest factory outside of Germany.
While the five-seater Tiguan is already available in Europe, it remains to be unavailable not only in the U.S. but in China as well. However for the Tiguan L, which will officially be on sale starting in summer of 2017, it will be sold in Europe, North America, and China. For the version to be released in the Europe market, it will be called as the Tiguan Allspace. On the other markets, it will simply be called as the Tiguan.