Volkswagen has just revealed the all-new US spec 2018 Tiguan at the 2017 Detroit motor show. The big news is that American buyers are finally getting a long-wheelbase version of this popular crossover. As a matter of fact, it will be the only available model, offering an optional third row of seats. Moreover, the new MQB architecture will give the redesigned Tiguan a wider and lower stance. Expect it also to adopt the brand’s latest design language as well as notable technological enhancements. Rumor has it that the 2018 VW Tiguan is likely to go on sale in mid-2017.
2018 VW Tiguan Redesign
The brand new Tiguan will share its Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform with the 2018 Atlas SUV. It will measure 185.2 inches in length, which is a 10.7-inch increase compared to the outgoing model. With its wheelbase extended by 4.4 inches, the Tiguan will allow for a sliding second-row bench and optional third-row seating. Thanks to its lower stance and sleeker front fascia, the upcoming model boasts a much more dynamic appearance. Expect the 2018 VW Tiguan to benefit also from LED exterior lighting as well as a bevy of chrome accents.
Inside, the Tiguan gets more premium materials and surface patterns. Thanks to its stretched bodywork, the long-wheelbase model provides a comfortable space for up to seven passengers. According to the automaker, the 2018 VW Tiguan’s cargo capacity has increased up to 57 percent. Some of the optional features include VW’s new Digital Cockpit Display and a Fender Premium Audio system. Expect also the next-generation model to offer App-Connect technology with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
U.S. Tiguans will use an upgraded version of Volkwagen’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The engine will churn out 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The optional 4Motion all-wheel drive system includes Active Control AWD with four driving modes. According to reliable sources, a diesel variant is not likely to join the lineup any time soon.
We expect the revamped Tiguan to be successful in battling the mounting competition within the crossover segment. Official pricing details are still unavailable but the 2018 VW Tiguan is likely to start around $26,000. If that pans out, the German automaker could count on a greater share of sales in this segment.