The new generation of the already legendary VW Tiguan in the Europe-specs version was presented almost a year ago. The new model is bigger in all directions. It rides on the new platform and has better designed exterior and interior. There are also new underpinning, powertrains and technology. That was for the global markets. However, for the US market, this compact crossover comes as the 2018 VW Tiguan. This is because of the two main reasons. The VW is finishing development of the long-wheelbase model which will be available in the US and markets like Europe and China. The US-specs Tiguan will be produced in the Puebla, Mexico, and this plant is expanding its capacities for the new model.
New for 2018:
Like the global version, the model for the US market will benefit from the similar upgrades. New platform, powertrains, technology, styling and safety features will improve its chances in this highly popular class. On the other hand, this model will have bigger proportions than the regular version.
2018 VW Tiguan: New Design, Changes
The new 2018 VW Tiguan, like the most of brand’s high-level production vehicles, will be based on the MQB platform. This highly modular architecture reduces the production cost while is also lighter and can adopt more powertrains. It is also safer and more fuel efficient.
On the other hand, the Tiguan which will come to the US will be longer and will ride on the stretched wheelbase compared to the global version. This version adds almost five inches to the 177-inch Euro-Spec model length. The wheelbase is also about 3.5 inches longer than the 105.6-inch regular European version. All that will open room for the third row of seats expanding seating capacity to seven.
From the visual point of view, the new Tiguan will get more muscular lines and modernized exterior elements. Front fascia will look the same as on the already seen Euro model and the same is with its rear end. However, the longer body for the US market comes with bigger rear doors and slightly different C-pillar.
Interior and Features:
On the inside, the model will, of course, be more spacious and will have practical boot area. Improved will also be material and build quality. Nicer dash will include new modern center stack and digital instrument cluster.
The base model will come with the 17-inch wheels and will have an 8-inch center screen. There will also be features like forward collision warning with city emergency braking, lane keeping assist, parking sensors, high speeds automatic braking, automatic headlights, multi-view rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, etc.
The higher versions will get digital instrument cluster, navigation, three-zone climate control, heated and power adjustable seats, leather trim, and much more.
2018 VW Tiguan: Powertrains
In the engine department, the 2018 VW Tiguan should be available with both petrol and diesel units. However, the plug-in hybrid version is also possible.
A 2.0 liter turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine, for the US model, will be capable for around 185 hp. Differently from the Euro-spec version, it will come with an Aisin 8-speed automatic transmission.
The diesel engine should also be available. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI should produce around 150 HP. On the other hand, the plug-in hybrid version is still being considered.
The Tiguan will be available with front- and all-wheel drive.
2018 VW Tiguan: Release, Price
The new 2018 VW Tiguan will arrive sometime in 2017. Expect the starting price from around $25, 000.