VW goes to great lengths to keep Tiguan fresh

Debuting in Geneva, Tiguan Allspace bridges gap between Tiguan and Touareg

Published: March 4, 2017, 9:30 PM
Updated: March 8, 2017, 5:15 AM

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Half a million people have bought Tiguans since the compact SUV’s introduction ten years ago, and now Volkswagen is looking to stretch that farther with the introduction of a new longer-wheelbase version at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Meant to bridge the gap between the current Tiguan and the larger Touareg (or the Atlas, which sits below Touareg in North America), the new Tiguan Allspace stretches out the wheelbase an extra 109 mm, with a resultant increase in overall length of 215 mm, using the extra length to grant the option of a third row of seats (and going from five positions to seven). If buyers choose to stay with five seats, cargo volume increases by 145 litres to 760 (and up to a max of 1,920 litres with seats folded — an improvement of 265 litres over the standard wheelbase model).

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace interior

“We have designed the rear doors of the Tiguan Allspace to be longer,” explained exterior designer Marco Pavone. “The bonnet was also raised up at the front above the radiator grille to adapt the proportions to the longer overall length. A unique, formative line accentuates the side window design that rises behind the C-pillar.”

Developed parallel to the newly revamped Tiguan introduced this past year, the Tiguan Allspace will share a lot of the mechanicals, trim levels and, subsequently, equipment lists. It will come in front- and all-wheel drive, ride on standard 17-inch wheels, and include the smaller model’s modified “off-road” front that improves the angle of approach by seven degrees and adds granite grey underbody protection. Towing is rated up to 2,500 kg (depending on drivetrain and equipment).

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace rear seating

Up top, roof rails are standard, as are ridges in the metal roof to add rigidity when there is stuff riding up there (unless the model features the panoramic sunroof, which stretched two thirds of the roof length and leaves the ridged roof over just the third-row seats).

The new SUV also comes to market with a new Infotainment system that adds gesture control to its list of features. It will begin arriving in showrooms toward the end of summer.