2018 VW Tiguan Redesign: 7 Seats & Lower Price

Although there’s still a lot of time until the 2018 VW Tiguan hits the dealerships’ showrooms, we know the most essential changes Volkswagen is going to make in order to make the next-gen Tiguan more competitive in the U.S.

Since the current Tiguan isn’t the best performing compact crossover, they had to make some really substantial improvements for the next generation. That’s why the 2018 Tiguan got almost everything that an average stateside buyer would like.

All-New Tiguan Gets Seven Seats

For starters, it’s going to be bigger. We don’t know exact dimensions of the new Tiguan, but it’s clear that it’s going to get yet another row of seats. A compact crossover with seven seats could be acclaimed in the future more than it seems now. Simply put, it’s a perfect match for those who search for a vehicle within the particular crossover growing segment and who might occasionally need two more seats. Of course, they’re going to offer a two-row version, too.

2018 VW Tiguan Seven Seats

VW Cross Coupe GTE Concept

According to some early speculations, the Euro-spec model will be available in both short- and long-wheelbase options, while the US-spec Tiguan is going to have an extended wheelbase only.

2018 VW Tiguan Exterior and Interior

Having in mind that the new generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan needed a redesign, the automaker decided to use the the VW CrossBlue Concept and the Cross Coupe GTE concept as a paragon for the next-gen’s body design. Naturally, we don’t expect the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan to be an exact copy of those two concepts, but it’s clear that the new crossover will inherit a lot of robust lines and sporty spirit, making in more athletic and less dull.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Exterior

VW Cross Coupe GTE Concept

The 2018 Tiguan is going to be underpinned by the famous MQB platform. This platform is – due to its modularity – utilized as the basic architecture across the Volkswagen range. It’s allows the automaker to comfortably nest the third row of seats inside the Tiguan’s cabin.

Speaking of the cabin, we know that the interior design won’t fall far from the exterior appearance. This means that the 2018 VW Tiguan is going to rely on the VW Cross Coupe GTE concept. Although it won’t be exactly the same, the dashboard of the all-new Tiguan will keep the aesthetics of the concept’s layout.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Based on Cross Coupe GTE Concept

VW Cross Coupe GTE Concept

Powertrain Options

As for the powertrain, it’s still too early to say anything reliable about it. The speculations are that there’s going to be an entry 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine along with a diesel variant offered in the U.S. for the first time. The 2018 VW Tiguan might also be offered with a hybrid powertrain.

2018 VW Tiguan Concept

VW Cross Coupe GTE Concept

2018 VW Tiguan Price & Release

Although we don’t know the automaker’s strategy about the 2018 Tiguan, it’s clear that the next generation will suffer the redesign in order to boost the sales and improve the automaker’s presence within the compact crossover segment. Therefore, the all-new Tiguan must be very competitive. The fact that they’re going to make it in the Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Puebla, Mexico, their costs will be significantly reduced; in other words, the 2018 VW Tiguan might be as affordable as its rivals – Ford Escape and Honda CR-V – but we won’t be surprised if they offer it at even lower entry MSRP than those two.

2018 VW Tiguan Price

VW Cross Coupe GTE Concept

The 2018 VW Tiguan is going to be released sometime during 2017 as a 2018 model. Across the pond, the Euro-spec is going to be released earlier, so we’re going to get a good idea about the American version next year.

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