2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Previews U.S.-Spec Model
Longer-Wheelbase Tiguan Will Be Standard Issue in States
We’ve already had a look at the next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan that will be sold in Europe and the rest of the world. A lot has happened since. In our first look of the 2017 Euro-spec Tiguan, we speculated that the new generation might finally be the one that sees a TDI option for the U.S. market. Literally just three days after that story went up, the tectonic developments of the emissions cheating scandal came to light. Rest assured, there will be no Tiguan TDI in the U.S. Not now, not ever again. Putting all that drama aside, what we have here is our best look yet at the U.S.-spec Tiguan. What will be called the Tiguan Allspace in the rest of the world will simply be the Tiguan for the U.S.
What exactly makes the Allspace different from the “regular” Tiguan? A third row of seating, another 8.5 inches of overall length, a 4.3-inch longer wheelbase, and more cargo space. With the two aft rows folded, up to 67 cubic feet total.
Other than that, styling and equipment largely mirror that of the regular Tiguan model, meaning Europeans get the choice of six engines, three gas and three diesel, ranging from 150 hp to 237 hp. For the U.S. market, we’re likely to get only one: a 2.0L gas turbo I-4 making 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic. The Allspace will have optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive. In this market segment, safety is just as big a selling point as massive horsepower and torque numbers, and on that front, the Allspace offers available adaptive cruise control, low speed emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and park assist.
European trims will be Trendline and Highline. The outgoing 2017 model is offered in S, Wolfsburg, Sport and SEL trims in the U.S. We expect the trim levels for the U.S.-spec Tiguan to largely mirror those of its big brother Atlas, meaning SE and SEL, with a possible R-Line derivative in the future.