Designed specifically for American buyers, this long-wheelbase version builds on the standard vehicle’s practical nature and adds a more spacious interior. As with the Atlas, the Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture. Compared with the current model, the new Tiguan has far more interior space; at 185 inches long, the new model is a 10.7 inches longer than the current version. The 110-inch wheelbase which is 4.4 inches longer than the new Tiguan sold in Europ, provides both sliding second-row seats and an optional third row.
The Tiguan range will be powered by an updated version of Volkswagen’s 2-liter turbocharged and direct- injection TSI engine, making 184bhp and driving the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. An all-wheel-drive system will be offered as an option.
Full details and prices for the long-wheelbase Tiguan will be revealed later this year. Volkswagen India, meanwhile, will launch the standard Tiguan later in the year to compete with the likes of Hyundai Tucson and Honda CRV.