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.