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Lengthened Volkswagen Tiguan debuts in Detroit


Leaked online towards the end of last year, Volkswagen officially unveiled the long wheelbase version of its second generation Tiguan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past weekend.

Set to carry the Allspace suffix in Europe and now featuring seven-seats, the newcomer, although sharing the standard model's MQB architecture, grows 271.7 mm in overall length for a total of 4 704 mm with wheelbase going up by 111.7 mm for a total of 2 791 mm.

Aside from the gain in length, the Allspace remains otherwise unchanged from the normal Tiguan aesthetically, with Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit display available as an option inside.

New comfort additions include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Mirror Link and an optional premium Fender sound system, while safety comprises of Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Barking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Automatic Post-Collision Braking.

Up front, the US-spec model will offer a revised version of the stalwart 2.0 TSI engine, developing 137 kW and 300 N.m of torque, with drive going to the front or all four wheels via an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. A four mode drive selector, dubbed Active Control, will be available as an option on 4Motion models.

With Volkswagen not expected to bring the all-new seven-seat Atlas to South Africa soon on account of it being left-hand drive only, expect the Tiguan Allspace to make its local debut sometime this year or in early 2018.

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