The new generation Volkswagen Tiguan won’t reach the North American soil for about a year, but we already know what to expect. That is because the carmaker already released the European model, which is a little bit different, but it still shows what we can expect. In comparison with the US-specs model that is definitely getting the third-row of sitting, the Euro-specs 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan will keep the standard chassis.
Two-Row or Three-Row Model?
However, despite it will offer just the two-row setup, the euro-specs 2017 VW Tiguan is still dramatically different from the previous generation model. The new crossover SUV will have 3.1-inches longer wheelbase, so with this big (105.6 inches) wheelbase, there is plenty of space inside. The US-specs 2018 VW Tiguan is getting 110-inch wheelbase, so the third row of seats may have some sort of meaning. Compared to European version that still offers S, SE, and SEL trim levels, the North American drivers will likely see just two different configurations. Still, the rumors say that the base US-specs Tiguan should have everything that offers the range-topping European model. This includes the modern and clean display with clear and wide navigation map, the very best we saw until now. In addition, there will be also the standard LED cluster, as well as the ultra-smooth and really sophisticated materials.
When it comes to the handling and cornering the new Mazda CX-5 will be the executed from the throne, because the 2017 VW Tiguan is one masterpiece without any exaggeration. The chassis is brilliantly tuned and lightened for around 100 pounds, so the comfort is guaranteed. Low-speed driving makes the new electrically assisted power steering a little bit stiffened, but the higher speed ride is really smooth.
Performance and Price
The euro-specs 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan runs a 2.0 TSI engine that is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and produces 177 horsepower. It doesn’t delivers the world class results (0-60 7.5 sec and 130 mph), but it provides quite pleasant and responsive drive. In North America, the 2018 VW Tiguan will pack a a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill that will deliver 184 horsepower, and it will be matted to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It will offer the standard FWD and optional AWD, as well as some pretty useful drive aids as hill-descent control and off-road setting. As far as we know, the carmaker might actually introduce the oil-burner model that will offer a turbo-diesel 2.0-liter. Of course, if they manage to overcome all regulations and certifications.
According to the latest reports, the US-specs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan will cost around $23,000, which is really nothing compared to what it offers.