The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan has again been spotted testing ahead of its launch early next year.
The new model will be previewed by a thinly disguised concept at the Frankfurt motor show this September before the production car is shown at either the Detroit motor show in January or the Geneva motor show in March.
Volkswagen will offer the new Tiguan in both five and seven-seat forms, with both versions likely to come to the UK.
The standard Tiguan will feature a wheelbase close to the 2605mm of today's car and an interior with two rows of seats accommodating five passengers. The seven-seat version, meanwhile, will feature an extended wheelbase, adding rear legroom and enough interior space for a third row of seats.
Volkswagen sees value in bringing more seven-seat variants to this country and recently took the decision to bring its new Touran to the UK in seven-seat form only. There's a growing market for seven-seat SUVs in Europe, with the likes of Land Rover's Discovery Sport and Volvo XC90 already cashing in. Honda's next-generation CR-V is also set to offer seven seats.
The car will sit on Volkswagen's flexible MQB platform - already found beneath the latest Golf and Passat - and will be powered by a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Though natively front-wheel drive, the option of all-wheel drive will be provided by VW's 4Motion system.
Among the engines expected to be offered in the UK are 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol units, along with 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels.
A petrol-electric hybrid model is also a near certainty. It would use the same 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the Passat GTE, working in conjunction with an electric motor. In the GTE, the powertrain produces 215bhp and is capable of returning 141mpg.
Volkswagen officials have also talked openly about further expansion of its SUV offering, with new models planned to sit both above and below the new Tiguan. The smaller SUV will be based on the Polo and was previewed by the T-Roc in 2014 - and has since been spotted testing. The larger SUV, the CrossBlue, has already been confirmed for a 2016 launch.
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