It was only a few days ago when VW released a couple of teasers with the Tiguan Allspace and now the seven-seat SUV has been revealed in full courtesy of a few official images depicting the CN-spec model. The compact high-riding model was spotted without any camouflage back in August, so these new press pics are not actually showing anything that we haven’t seen before.
It’s exactly what you'd expect it to be, a stretched Tiguan featuring an elongated wheelbase and unfortunately without any design changes to set it apart from the five-seat variant other than the longer rear doors and a flatter roofline. The same goes for the interior, which has been essentially carried over.
Compared to the regular model, the new version is 11 centimeters (4.3 inches) longer between the two axles to create a roomier interior now with third-row seating, although the rearmost seats will likely be suitable only for children. For more space in the back, the larger Atlas / Teramont will be a better choice. Folding down the third-row seats will boost the Tiguan Allspace’s cargo capacity to well beyond the 615 liters offered by the standard model. For even more luggage area, owners will be able to fold the second-row seats and that should boost total capacity to considerably more than the 1,655 liters provided by the standard-wheelbase variant.
Just like the five-seat-only Tiguan, the Allspace will ride on VW’s flexible MQB platform and is going to be offered with an assortment of turbocharged gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines sending power to the front axle or to an optional 4Motion setup. Depending on engine choice, VW will sell it with a six-speed manual gearbox and with a dual-clutch transmission. As you would imagine, there aren’t going to be any TDI engines in North America.
Scheduled to be unveiled in U.S. specification next month at NAIAS in Detroit, the model will go on sale in Europe as the “Tiguan Allspace” as well as in United States and China where it will be simply called “Tiguan.” The U.S. variant is going to be assembled in Puebla, Mexico whereas the CN-spec model will be produced locally by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture.
A European debut is likely programmed to occur in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show. VW mentions the roomier Tiguan will have "up to seven seats," which likely means the two rearmost seats will cost extra rather than being standard. As a matter of fact, one of the images below is actually showing the crossover as a five seater with an abundance of rear legroom.