The Volkswagen Tiguan is considered by many as the most successful SUV to come out of Germany. It is estimated that about half a million customers have chosen the Tiguan, which comes in either the all-wheel drive version or the front-wheel drive variety. Despite releasing the second generation model last year, Volkswagen is pushing out another version -- the Tiguan Allspace.
While this variant will be part of Volkswagen’s display during the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, it will not be the first time for customers to see this SUV. Indeed, it has been showcased not only in North America but also in China. However, this will be the first time it will be shown in Europe.
For many SUV customers, the main consideration is space and the Allspace does not disappoint. In fact, it has an overall length of 4,701 mm (an increase of 215 mm). In addition, the wheelbase is now 2,790 mm instead of the standard 2,681 mm, an addition of 190 mm. While this means that it is still shorter than the Touareg, the change in dimensions is enough to satisfy many SUV customers. As such, five passengers can sit in comfort inside and with the extra room, additional seats can be installed to increase the count to seven.
Another benefit of the change in both the overall length and the wheelbase is that it allowed the overhang in the rear to be increased as well. This resulted in improving the amount of luggage space available. According to the brand, total increase is as much as 145 liters. By adjusting the bench in the rear, there is more space and it could then accommodate as much as 760 liters. When the second row seats are folded down, the storage capacity is increased further to as much as 1,920 liters.
Clearly, space is not the only consideration. Power is also one of the vital factors that customers look into. Volkswagen will be offering a total of six engines for the Allspace. Three of these will be the gas-powered turbocharged engines capable of delivering either 110 kW (150 PS), 132 kW (180 PS), or 162 kW (220 PS). The remaining three are all diesel-powered with output offerings of 110 kW (150 PS), 140 kW (190 PS), and 176 kW (240 PS). The diesel engines further are fitted with the SCR catalytic converter and by adding in the 12-liter AdBlue tank, it ensures that NO emissions are minimized.
With the second generation of the Tiguan considered as one of the segment’s most versatile, most comfortable, and safest SUV, it is no wonder that it continues to lead the German market. In the Europe market in general, it continues to be in the top five. With Appspace, Volkswagen hopes to combine all off these and at the same time work on its Europe market expansion. Three trims will also be offered for the Allspace which are Comfortline, Highline, and Trendline.