While the South African market received the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan in 2016, the US market had to do without it, until now. Volkswagen USA launched the new Tiguan and this version now comes with seven seats. For the European market, this vehicle will be called the Tiguan Allspace.
Built on the MQB platform (like the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3), the Tiguan Allspace features a sliding second row of seats, with the option of a third row. The second-row bench can slide forwards and backwards by 18 cm, with the seat split in a 40:20:40 configuration.
Like the Tiguan, which is already available in South Africa, the Allspace features an optional digital cockpit display, app connection using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. It also features numerous safety features such as a rearview camera, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Pedestrian Monitoring; Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; and Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist). Some of the comfort features on offer range from an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
The third row of seats in the new Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace provides additional passenger carrying capacity.
In the US, the Tiguan Allpsace is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI engine with 137 kW and 300 Nm of torque. The Allspace will be produced for right-hand drive markets and although Volkswagen South Africa have yet to confirm if the newcomer will be made available for the local market, we are optimistic that it will. Given the added practicality of the Tiguan Allspace, it would add to the diversity of Volkswagen's local product offering, which doesn't include a 7-seater compact SUV or lifestyle SUV at this time. We will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.