Nica Onate / Volkswagen, CarPix for Autoindustriya.com | December 20, 2016 09:13
Volkswagen to offer new 7 seater variant for Tiguan
Volkswagen is set to unveil a longer version of their Tiguan at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIS) in Detroit. Dubbed the Tiguan Allspace, it gains a couple more millimeters to accomodate an extra row of seats, making it a seven seat crossover.
Based on the second-generation Tiguan, the automaker confirmed last year that the new-generation will be offered as a three-row variant. Back in June 2016, Volkswagen revealed the first test unit of a long wheelbase (LWB) Tiguan at its new body shop facility. Two months later, our spies managed to photograph the Tiguan Allspace with no camouflage. The spy shots exposed the same styling cues from the standard model revealed at the Frankfurt 2015.
Like the standard five-seater model, the Allspace sports a squarish look along with a pair of larger headlights and a new bumper. It also gets a slightly pinched roofline similar to the Cross Coupe GTE concept. A styling detail that differentiates it from the regular length Tiguan is a longer rear quarter window.
In addition to the streamlined grill and headlamp orientation, the Tiguan Allspace shows a slightly wider look. At the side, the longer wheelbase and slightly extended third-row window, which denotes its three-row seating, could also be seen.
The new model will most likely be offered with the same engines as its outgoing model such as a 1.4-liter TSI producing 125 PS or 150 PS and two 2.0-liter TSI engines that produce either 180 PS or 220 PS. Meanwhile, transmissions available for the new Tiguan will either be a manual or dual-clutch gearbox.
Volkswagen said they plan to launch the 7-seater Tiguan in several markets such as North America, South America and Europe. The automaker added that the Allspace moniker will be used for the European market only. The rest of the world will only have it named Tiguan.