Volkswagen hopes to pile the pressure on rivals when it reveals the new Tiguan XL seven-seater at the Paris Motor Show in October 2016. Images from motor1 show this new car undergoing testing without any camouflage giving us a great chance to see what it will look like before it’s officially launched.
Beneath its stretched bodywork, the Tiguan XL will share a platform with the recently released Skoda Kodiaq. Its cabin should, however, be carried over almost unchanged from the existing five-seater model.
New VW Tiguan XL – styling
Besides its slightly longer rear overhang, you’d be hard pressed to tell this XL model apart from the standard Tiguan. The front bumper and light clusters don’t appear to have been modified and the contrasting black trim pieces on the wheel arches and side skirts remain unchanged, too.
In making this XL model, Volkswagen has stretched the Tiguan’s wheelbase and lengthened its rear doors – this should make jumping into the new third row of seats as easy as possible. The roof appears to be slightly flatter on the seven-seat model, too, presumably to give the extra passengers a decent amount of headroom. The larger rear windows should prevent the rearmost seats from feeling too claustrophobic.
New VW Tiguan XL – interior
The standard Tiguan boasts one of the nicest looking cabins in its class. Besides an extra pair of seats, the Tiguan XL’s interior should look identical to its smaller cousin. The centre console will boast a minimalist design and a large central infotainment screen. We expect Volkswagen’s Active Info Display – a secondary screen mounted in place of conventional analogue dials – to be available on top-spec models.
With all seven seats in place, the XL will probably have limited boot space. Fold away the third row, however, and it should muster a significantly larger boot than the standard Tiguan.
New VW Tiguan XL – engines and driving
The standard car will share its engines with the new seven-seater – a 178hp unit will cater for drivers looking for petrol-power, while the 148hp 2.0-litre diesel should be capable of returning close to 60mpg. The new model will probably come with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive as standard – four-wheel drive and a DSG automatic should be optional.
New VW Tiguan XL – price and release date
Following a public launch in October, we suspect this new car will go on sale in the UK in early 2017. Entry-level models will probably cost around £29,000 – to compete with the likes of the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe – while top-spec R-Line versions could set you back an eye-watering £40,000.
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