Long wheelbase Volkswagen to make public debut in January 2017

Volkswagen has confirmed that the long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2017.

Sales of the car will start next year but will be restricted to North America, China, and Europe. The European-market version will be known as Tiguan Allspace; elsewhere it will simply be badged Tiguan. Volkswagen has let on a few details about the Allspace.

It confirmed that the distance between the Tiguan’s axles has grown by 11 centimetres. Combined with a longer rear overhang, the bigger body frees up enough space in the trunk for another pair of seats. The car shares the front fascia with the smaller, 5-seater Tiguan SUV and the extension from the C-Pillar is very distinct.

The engine that the long-wheelbase Tiguan is likely to get is the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor which will send power to the front wheels or all four wheels via VW’s 8-speed automatic transmission.

The longer Tiguan is based on VW’s modular MQB chassis and will be built alongside the five-seater version in Puebla, Mexico, which is the largest VW plant outside Germany.