Volkswagen is coming to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with some big news about its small SUV — a new long-wheelbase 7-seat Tiguan.
The company calls it the Tiguan Allspace, and that’s the designation it will carry in Europe when it is hits the roads in summer 2017. At the same time, it will also debut in China and North America, where it will simply carry the name Tiguan.
As the name indicates, the added length will translate into a larger cabin, with room for seven, thanks to a wheelbase lengthening of 11 cm (4.33 inches). That means it will become roughly the size of a Hyundai Santa Fe XL (the 7-seater), so expect the overall length of the compact sport-ute to grow by about double that (around 200 mm or more). Larger rear doors allow better access to what are now the middle seats, and make it easier to navigate around a sliding seat into the third row
Undisguised photos of prototypes on the web show a vehicle with a longer rear overhang (to try and maintain the cargo carrying ability, while making more legroom for third-row passengers). Volkswagen is promising improved equipment lists to go along with the enhanced interior room.
Not much more is known about it right now, and Volkswagen is not one of those that release bits of information building up to the announcement, so we likely won’t know more until the intro at the show.