The new Tiguan will be available in both five and seven-seat guises
The Tiguan is based on VW Group's versatile MQB platform
Rivals for the new Tiguan include the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga
The seven-seat Tiguan wasn't originally envisioned for European markets
Seven-seat versions of the Tiguan will be seen for the first time at the Detroit motor show in 2016
The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan - caught here undergoing durability testing in early prototype form - will be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2015 before the start of UK sales in early 2016, sources have revealed.
The initial second-generation Tiguan model features what is described as a standard wheelbase that is similar in length to the existing car’s 2605mm and an interior with two rows of seats to accommodate up to five occupants.
A second Tiguan model will have a long wheelbase for added rear legroom and a third row of seats for up to seven occupants. The seven-seater is scheduled to get an airing at the Detroit motor show in early 2016, the same VW engineering sources have confirmed.
The new seven-seater has been conceived primarily for the US, Middle East and China but will be sold in Europe as part of VW’s plan to position future models further upmarket in a bid to increase profitability.
Based around Volkswagen’s flexible MQB platform - as found beneath the latest Golf and newly unveiled European Passat - the second-generation Tiguan is set to receive an extended range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Most models will have the option of 4Motion all-wheel drive in addition to standard front-wheel drive.
Among the engines expected to be offered in the UK are 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 petrol units, along with 1.6 and 2.0 diesels. A petrol-electric plug-in hybrid is also under development.
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