Volkswagen will bring a new SUV to the U.S. market this year with the 2018 Tiguan Allspace.
When it comes stateside, the Tiguan Allspace will join other compact SUVs such as the Nissan Rogue and Mitsubishi Outlander that offer optional third row seating.
An extended wheelbase and increased cargo space separate the Tiguan Allspace from its smaller Tiguan sibling. The model’s wheelbase will be 4.3 inches longer and its overall length extends another by 8.5 inches when compared with the smaller Tiguan. The maximum cargo space in the Tiguan Allspace is 67.8 cubic feet in five-seat configurations, an increase of 9.4 cubic feet compared with the Tiguan.
Volkswagen will offer the Tiguan Allspace in Europe with a choice of six different engines. Three are gasoline and three are diesel engines, though all are turbocharged four-cylinders.
The company has not confirmed which powertrains will come to the U.S. but given the automaker’s recent violations of U.S. diesel emission rules it is expected only to be sold with gasoline engines. Volkswagen has paid about $20 billion in fines, vehicle buybacks and legal settlements to cover its placement of devices that cheat emissions testing on diesels sold in the U.S.
The Allspace will come in three trim levels. Trendline is the base version with standard roof railings, a connectivity package featuring phone and USB interfaces and variable cargo floor that can hold the third seating row when not in use. Comfortline adds silver roof rails, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and power lift tailgate. Highline trims come equipped with LED headlights, keyless access and engine start and three-zone Climatronic control.
The 2018 Tiguan Allspace will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public March 9.