The next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan is vital to VW’s global plans for world domination and growing the sales volume of its core brand. And as luck would have it, the very vehicle was recently spotted undergoing high-altitude testing in the Alps.
The spy shots clearly show the compact crossover’s true body shape, including the sloping roof and character lines. The body looks rather athletic and significantly larger than that of the current, first-generation Tiguan.
In fact, the all-new Tiguan is expected to be available in two lengths: the standard-length model will grow 2.2 inches from the first-gen, while the long-wheelbase variant will have three rows of seating and be even larger at 184.6 inches long. It’s widely believed that Volkswagen will only offer the long-wheelbase model in the United States, though this can change in the future.
What’s more, the second-gen Tiguan will ride on VW’s flexible MQB architecture shared with the new, seventh-generation Golf. As such, the crossover will share many of the Golf’s features, options, and engines, including the turbocharged 1.8- and 2.0-liter inline fours.
Production of the three-row Tiguan will commence at Volkswagen’s plant in Puebla, Mexico at the end of 2016 for a spring 2017 availability. Building the Tiguan in Mexico, rather than in Europe and then exporting it to North America, will allow the automaker to lower the vehicle’s price, which has been quite high on the current model in the past, while also protecting itself from the perils of currency fluctuations.
Check the spy photos here.