2017 NAIAS: Volkswagen Tiguan long-wheelbase image

The regular Tiguan has already been available in the United States for a while now and the long wheelbase model has also been revealed in China (as the Allspace) – but the Detroit Auto Show is the first time the US audience gets acquainted with the model.

The US-spec model will be based on the long-wheelbase body and comes with space for seven people on the optional third row of seats. This longer version will be the only one travelling to the United States and here it will simply be named the Tiguan. It will be 4.4 inches longer than the five-passenger model but also comes with a 57-percent increase in cargo space compared to the outgoing US-Tiguan. Volkswagen has already announced the front wheel drive version will feature the third row as standard and AWD models will get it as an optional extra.

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The exterior and interior are mostly carryovers from the Chinese and European versions, with the cabin also getting the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display. The only powertrain available when the sales start will be an upgraded version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four – delivering 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive system also comes with 4Motion all-wheel-drive system has different driving modes.