FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen has made its new-generation Tiguan compact SUV longer, wider and lower than the current model and will add a long-wheelbase variant for the U.S. and Chinese markets.
The second-generation Tiguan is VW’s first SUV based on the automaker's flexible MQB architecture also used by the latest Golf compact hatchback, Passat midsize car and other VW Group models. This helps it shave 50 kilograms off its weight despite the larger proportions, VW said in a statement. Trunk space increases by 145 liters to 615 liters or 1,655 liters when the rear seats are folded down.
VW released details of the new Tiguan today ahead of its public unveiling Tuesday at the Frankfurt auto show. The automaker will exhibit three production versions at the show - a sporty R-Line variant, the standard five-door and a version with an off-road front end. A Tiguan concept with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain wearing the GTE badge will also be shown. A seven-seat variant is expected to debut at the Detroit auto show in January.
The second-generation Tiguan will go on sale in Europe in April, with a seven-seat, long-wheelbase version for the U.S. and China expected in 2017. VW will add Tiguan production at its plant in Puebla, Mexico for North American customers at the end of next year. The SUV will also continue to be built in Wolfsburg, Germany; Anting, China; and Kaluga, Russia.
The Tiguan will offer new safety technology including a radar-based feature that will apply the brakes if a pedestrian walks in front of the car.
The SUV's eight engine options will use up to 24 percent less fuel than the the current Tiguan, VW said.
VW has built more than 2.64 million Tiguans since its launch in 2007. Production of the model rose 9 percent last year to over 515,000 despite the model approaching the end of its lifecycle. This made it the fifth most important VW brand model after the Golf, Jetta, Polo and Passat.