At the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen has unveiled the long-wheelbase Tiguan, tailored specifically to meet the needs of customers in America.
The all-new Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture and compared with the current model, the new Tiguan has far more interior space. At 185.2 inches long, the 2018 model is 10.7 inches longer than the current version and has up to 57% more cargo capacity. The 109.9-inch wheelbase—4.4 inches longer than the new Tiguan sold in Europe—provides both sliding second-row seats and an optional third row.
On the outside, the all-new Tiguan adopts Volkswagen’s design DNA. The MQB platform allows for a wider, lower stance, while the exterior design of sharper, stronger character lines, and LED lighting has already garnered several European design awards. The exterior design also enhances the Tiguan’s utility, from a 26-degree approach angle for off-roading to a lower lift-in height for the tailgate.
The Tiguan’s interior has been rethought and refreshed; even the cloth seats of entry models now feature a rhombus pattern that offers a premium look. The Tiguan now features the optional Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display, offering drivers a reconfigurable display of key data and the ability to position navigation data front and center for easy viewing. The available Volkswagen Car-Net system provides a suite of connected vehicle services, including standard App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The new Tiguan also feature Fender Premium Audio System aside from the panoramic sunroof and foot-activated power liftgate.
To meet the demands of American SUV drivers, the Tiguan now offers a comprehensive suite of driver assistance technology. A rearview camera comes standard, as well as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist). In addition, the 2018 Tiguan offers a combination of both passive and active safety systems that are engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. These systems include the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.
U.S. customers will be offered with a sole choice of powertrain; an updated version of Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct injection TSI engine, producing 184 horsepower and 299Nm of torque, driving the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Optional 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel-drive offers four driver selectable modes to maximize driving enjoyment and grip, on pavement or off.