An important Volkswagen executive has allegedly hinted at the upcoming plans of the German automaker for the Tiguan compact sport utility vehicle.
The new generation of the model hasn’t even reached the dealerships – the launch is scheduled for this spring – but it appears according to the latest report on the matter the brand is already looking at way to enhance the model’s appeal in the SUV-hungry world market. It appears the carmaker is looking to transform the Tiguan into a household name with multiple vehicles planned to form “a whole family”. VW compact cars boss Jochen Bohle was on point during the winter driving launch of the Tiguan, and he reportedly said “we have plans for a whole Tiguan family over the next two to three years.” He also allegedly confirmed new Tiguan-based models will bear the same name as the vehicle has morphed over the years “almost like a brand in itself.”
It appears the family expansion strategy includes first and foremost a larger seven-seat variant of the regular Tiguan, with a 4.33-inch (11-cm) longer wheelbase and a more massive rear overhang. The transformation will be needed to include the third row of seating and while still wearing the highly-versatile MQB architecture the allegedly named Tiguan XL (name not confirmed) would also sport a wider track for better handling and interior spacing. Another version in the works appears to be a member of the SUV-coupe niche that would go against stylish offering such as the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque or the upcoming similar model from Mazda.