2017 Volkswagen Tiguan XL will have extended wheelbase to accommodate a third row of seat
The stretched out seven-seater version of the Volkswagen Tiguan has been spotted in production ready form in China. Although the images are of low in resolution, courtesy of Auto Sina, the long wheel base variant of the Tiguan also known as Tiguan XL was said to be captured at Volkswagen factory in Shanghai.
The lengthened wheelbase version of the second generation crossover is speculated to have a wheelbase 110 mm longer than the standard model to accommodate a third row of seat. The rear overhang has been dealt with the extension and the space for the occupants seated at the final row is believed to be tight and can only be used for younger individuals.
Folding down the last row will lead to extra bootspace and if the Tiguan XL makes its way to India, it will go up against the Skoda Kodiaq in the highly potential premium crossover segment. On the outside, the LWB Tiguan come fitted with the same front fascia except for the chrome garnish on the grille.
The biggest visual change in the seven-seater comes from the glass behind the rear door which is larger as well as uppish in angle. The bumper will be adorned with silver accents besides a new set of alloy wheels and black body cladding. The additional room means that the new Tiguan XL will be appreciated in the Chinese market and its practicality will hold key for success in India.
The Volkswagen Tiguan XL will be manufactured in China for its own market while the Mexico-made, around 500 units per day in Puebla plant, extended crossover is expected to be launched in early 2017. It will comprise of the same multi-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls, instrument panel and infotainment system as the standard model.
The standard Volkswagen Tiguan was spied undisguised at a dealer’s stockyard in Bengaluru a few months ago hinting at a market launch in 2017. It is expected to be assembled at the VW Group’s facility in Aurangabad after imported as CKD kits. Making debut at the Auto Expo 2016, it will be based on the same modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform as the upcoming Skoda Kodiq.
The global premiere of the new Tiguan was held at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show last September and it currently gets power from a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine making 125 PS of and the top-of-the-range 2.0-litre TDI diesel motor producing 140 PS in foreign markets. Both manual and seven-speed dual clutch automatic DSG transmissions are offered with two and 4MOTION four wheel drive systems.
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