Volkswagen Unveils Long-Wheelbase 2018 Tiguan in Detroit
Seven-Seat Compact SUV Previews North American Version
We first got a look at the next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan in 2015, but we always knew the company was going to offer it in two versions. Today, Volkswagen unveiled the second Tiguan variant, a long-wheelbase seven-seater that will be the only version available in the U.S. The longer Tiguan should hit VW dealers later this year, following the short-wheelbase (and not-for-us) Tiguan by about 12 months.
Known overseas as the Tiguan Allspace, it adds 4.4 inches of stretch to the regular Tiguan’s wheelbase. It’s also 11 inches longer than the current-generation Tiguan, with up to 57 percent more cargo room. The added length and wheelbase make room for a sliding second-row seat, allowing owners to prioritize either passenger or cargo space, and a third-row seat will be standard on front-drivers and optional on 4Motion Tiguans.
Styling-wise, the new Volkswagen wears its longer suit well. Conservative styling adopts some cues from the large Atlas and some from the Golf Alltrack and Jetta. It’s a look that will age well, although it’s not a revolutionary design that will turn heads. For better and for worse, the Tiguan is handsome, classy, and simply designed.
Interior styling is likewise staid, with nice ergonomics and simple packaging in an unadventurous wrapper. The show vehicle's interior features Volkswagen-typical classy colorways, with very nice tan seats and door inserts contrasting with a grey-black interior environment. We hope the second-generation Tiguan continues in its predecessor’s footsteps of offering near-Audi levels of interior quality and refinement, though recent Volkswagen decontenting in the name of a lower base price has us a little worried.
The long-wheelbase Tiguan on display is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged, direct-injected I-4, which puts out 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0 TSI routes power through an eight-speed automatic transmission to either the front wheels or, on 4Motion models, all four wheels. Like many other new crossovers, the little-big Volkswagen has four driver-selectable terrain modes that manage stability control and traction mapping on a variety of surfaces, taking inspiration from last year's Tiguan GTE Active concept.
Volkswagen didn’t say when the next-generation Tiguan will hit dealers, but if it’s a 2018 model, we expect to see it sometime in the next few months. Expect pricing to be class-competitive, starting in the mid-$20,000 range to fight the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue (also available with a third row). And for those of you keeping track, the Tiguan will bring Volkswagen's seven-seat SUV count to two, together with the larger, more expensive Atlas.