Just before Christmas, Volkswagen teased the Tiguan Allspace as an arrival at the Detroit Motor Show, making it look funky, slick and appealing.
What the Tiguan Allspace is is a new model for the United Kingdom and Europe, and the only version of the Tiguan North America will get. Its 109.9-inch wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than the European version of the Tiguan.
Based on the same MQB platform as the regular version of VW's new-generation SUV, the Tiguan Allspace grows in length by 215mm and sits on a wheelbase that's 110mm longer than the standard auto. Motivation comes from a 184-horsepower, 2.0-litre turbocharged TFSI four mated to an eight-speed transmission with front- and all-wheel-drive options.
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Like that auto, it is expected to be offered in Australia with a high level of standard safety gear, but it is expected to be only offered with range-topping powertrains with 2.0-litre petrol and diesel motors and all-wheel drive.
The Tiguan is based on Volkswagen's Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) which is really versatile and therefore, makes it easier for the company to play with the length of the SUV. We plan to price Tiguan very competitively with other compact SUVs. It also offers optional safety systems like forward-collision warning, lane-departure warnings, pedestrian monitoring and blind-spot detection. A few highlights of the interior include a digital cockpit display, Volkswagen Car-Net system with smartphone integration including platforms such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link.
The new R-Line package can also be optioned with either the four- or six-cylinder engine options and either front- or all-wheel drive. These systems include the class exclusive Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Standard on some trim levels and optional for the rest is third-row seating, which bumps total capacity up to seven souls. It also packs an optional panoramic sunroof and automatic liftgate function with foot control by waving your foot underneath the rear bumper.