NAIAS: 2018 VW Tiguan long-wheelbase shows more space, premium styling

Article by Christian A., on January 9, 2017

Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new 2018 Tiguan long-wheelsbase during the 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. This model marks a big step for the brand especially in the U.S. market.

The reason is that this model was developed by engineers at the brand, keeping American customers in mind. This means that it has the fun to drive quality of the present Tiguan but with an interior that offers more space and sophistication. There is also a host of new driver assistance technologies plus advanced infotainment and even flexible seating.

The Tiguan utilizes the brand’s very own Modular Transverse Matrix, or MQB, platform much like the Atlas. As already mentioned, the 2018 Tiguan has more space than the present version as it is longer by 10.7 inches with overall length at 185.2 inches.

It even offers cargo capacity that is larger by 57%. Wheelbase is even longer that the version in the Europe market measuring 109.9 inches, longer by 4.4 inches. This allows it to have sliding seats for the second row with an option to have a third row.

The exterior reveals that the new 2018 Tiguan continues to have the design language the brand is well-known for. Due to the MQB architecture, the stance of the vehicle is lower and wider. The design itself makes use of stronger, as well as sharper, character lines.

Meanwhile the interior has been redesigned as well with the base models revealing the cloth seats to have rhombus pattern, giving it that premium appearance. With the Volkswagen Car-Net system, occupants get a chance to make use of the wide range of connected services like the App-Connect technology which is compatible with Android AutoTM, Apple CarPlayTM, and even MirrorLink.

Speaking about the new 2018 Tiguan, Volkswagen North American Region CEO Hinrich J. Woebcken revealed that the new model is the brand’s way of showing customers in the U.S. a vehicle that has the versatility and usability they want but without compromising the signature driving dynamics or style of Volkswagen. Everything about this new model, he added, was developed for such customers particularly the convenience and the space.

All of these, continued Woebcken, are offered together with enhanced agility, performance, and of course, value. CEO Woebcken shared further that Volkswagen will be pricing the 2018 Tiguan competitively. Together with the new Atlas, there is no doubt that 2017 will be the year of Volkswagen’s SUV. Updates will be announced with #SUVW, he concluded.


Powering this latest offering from Volkswagen is the improved turbocharged TSI direct-injection 2.0-liter engine capable of delivering184 hp with peak torque at 221 lb.-ft.

This is then channeled to the wheels in the front using the automatic eight-speed transmission.

The brand is offering customers the option to have the all-wheel-drive 4Motion with Active Control. With this, drivers are given the chance to select from four modes all aimed at maximizing the grip and driving pleasure, be it on-road or off-road.

Press Release


The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show kicks off a big year for the Volkswagen brand in America. Engineered specifically to meet the needs of American customers, the all-new Tiguan builds on the current vehicle’s fun to drive character and adds a more sophisticated and spacious interior, flexible seating and high-tech infotainment and driver assistance features.

“The new Tiguan demonstrates how we plan to give American customers the usability and versatility they demand without sacrificing style or Volkswagen’s trademark driving dynamics,“ said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen. “Every detail of the Tiguan has been thoughtfully engineered for our U.S. customers to maximize space and convenience, while retaining its performance, agility, and value. We plan to price Tiguan very competitively with other compact SUVs. With the brand-new Tiguan and the all-new Atlas, 2017 is the year of #SUVW.”

As with the Atlas, the Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture. Compared with the current model, the new Tiguan has far more interior space; at 185.2 inches long, the 2018 model is a stunning 10.7 inches longer than the current version and has up to 57 percent more cargo capacity. The 109.9-inch wheelbase—4.4 inches longer than the new Tiguan sold in Europe—provides both sliding second-row seats and an optional third row.

On the outside, the all-new Tiguan adopts Volkswagen’s clean and timeless design DNA. The MQB platform allows for a wider, lower stance, while the exterior design of sharper, stronger character lines, and LED lighting has already garnered several European design awards. The exterior design also enhances the Tiguan’s utility, from a 26-degree approach angle for off-roading to a lower lift-in height for the tailgate.

The Tiguan’s interior has been rethought and refreshed; even the cloth seats of entry models now feature a rhombus pattern that offers a premium look. The Tiguan now features the optional Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display, offering drivers a reconfigurable display of key data and the ability to position navigation data front and center for easy viewing. The available Volkswagen Car-Net® system provides a suite of connected vehicle services, including standard App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with the three major platforms—Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®. The new Tiguan also offers an available Fender® Premium Audio System.

To meet the demands of American SUV drivers, the Tiguan now offers a comprehensive suite of driver assistance technology. A rearview camera comes standard and available features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), upgraded for use in stop and go traffic; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Pedestrian Monitoring; Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; and Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), which actively helps the driver steer the car back into its lane should the vehicle start drifting into another lane without using the turn signal.

In addition, the 2018 Tiguan offers a combination of both passive and active safety systems that are engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. These systems include the class exclusive Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.

A new palate of exterior and interior colors combine with key available comfort options such as eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The second-row bench can slide seven inches fore and aft and be split 40:20:40. The third-row seats will come standard on front-wheel-drive models and be optional on all-wheel-drive versions. An available panoramic sunroof lightens the entire interior space, while the foot-activated power liftgate makes the cargo space more accessible than ever.

The new Tiguan will be powered by an updated version of Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct injection TSI® engine, making 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, driving the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Optional 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel-drive offers four driver selectable modes to maximize driving enjoyment and grip, on pavement or off.

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