2018 VW Tiguan Hits U.S. Shores With Stretched Wheelbase

After leaking online in its Chinese form, the 2018 Volkswagen long-wheelbase Tiguan has debuted on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show.

Just like the latest-generation Tiguan available throughout the world, the U.S.-bound long-wheelbase variant is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture also used by the larger Atlas. With a wheelbase of 109.9 inches, the stretched Tiguan is 4.4 inches longer than the outgoing model and therefore includes sliding second-row seats and an optional third row.

Compared to the current Tiguan still available in the United States, the 2018 long-wheelbase version is 10.7 inches longer and enjoys the same overhauled design as the latest-gen model offered elsewhere. That means that its design is much edgier and incorporates a plethora of straight and aggressive lines in favor of the more curvaceous shape of the previous-gen Tiguan.

The interior of the 2018 Tiguan can be optioned with the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display and includes the brand’s Car-Net infotainment and navigation system that offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Additionally, a premium audio system from Fender is available as an optional extra.

Thanks to the lengthened wheelbase, the second-row bench can slide seven inches forward and back and be split 40:20:40. Front-wheel drive versions of the 2018 Tiguan will come as standard with a third row of seats while all-wheel drive versions will only receive them as an option. Additional cabin highlights include the panoramic sunroof, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Sport Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

U.S. customers will only be offered the company’s 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI four-cylinder making 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque mated as standard with an eight-speed auto and front-wheel drive.

Discussing the car, chief executive of Volkswagen of the North American Regio, Hinrich J Woebcken said “The new Tiguan demonstrates how we plan to give American customers the usability and versatility they demand without sacrificing style or Volkswagen’s trademark driving dynamics. Every detail of the Tiguan has been thoughtfully engineered for our U.S. customers to maximize space and convenience, while retaining its performance, agility, and value. We plan to price Tiguan very competitively with other compact SUVs. With the brand-new Tiguan and the all-new Atlas, 2017 is the year of #SUVW.”

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  • Karl

    Very bland.

  • ME

    Dumb idea being that they will sell 2 other models with 3 rows, at similar prices.

    • Denzel

      are they going keeping the touareg and replace it with a new facelift, redesign or new model

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  • diesel_vdub

    Why doesn’t the US get the option of the short wheel-base version for those that don’t want the stretched mini-suv?

    • ME

      I agree. I think they might offer us a 4 door coupe version of the new Tiguan or a dedicated sportier SUV based off the T rec concept or whatever it is called.

  • DBP

    Chevy and GMC tout their new diesel versions of their compact SUV’s…VW takes their diesel option off the table (they were going to offer a tdi tiguan this generation). Sad.

    • TheHake

      And the TDi is the best of the range. By far. We get the 240hp biTurbo version and it’s brilliant.

  • Sebastien

    Any chance for Canadians to get the standard (short) wheelbase? I know that 99% of the cars available are the same, but sometimes we got unique models not available in USA.

  • eye.surgeon

    Another clueluess VWNA move. Let’s sell two 3-row SUVs and leave the hottest segment in the market, compact cross-overs, empty.

  • pcurve

    Bland… but it has enough premium detailings to not make it look cheap like its sedan cousins… *cough*passat*cough*

  • So it’s larger and less powerful than the current Tiguan? I’m disappointed.

  • Jboy Ababon III

    Gosh. VW fucked up this SUV so much. The last versions looked a lot better and surely this one is under powered.

  • rover10

    The more I see these on the road and in carparks the more uninteresting they appear compared with the distinctive predecessor. For me, it’s exterior is all a bit linear and tight, which is less entertaining to the eye, than a vehicle with form.

  • Bob

    VW should leave the US Market. The only thing they’re good at doing is polluting it.

  • jtns

    new longer tiguan is a huge mistake. vw should have kept the older tiguan’s size, put it on the mqb platform, and used the nice, regular gas 1.8tsi engine, not the premium guzzling 2.0. vw just walked away from the hottest (cuv) car segment. i will keep my passat awhile longer.



  • smartalec

    They put no effort into the design for this, just a bland box

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