Rumors on 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Specs and Features
If the automotive industry doesn’t seem fast-paced, you’ve never kept up with the various international automotive shows. Just as the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan makes an appearance with its last model for the first-generation, VW presents the European Tiguan at the Frankfurt Auto Show. This may not seem like it should mean much for us, since Euro-spec models don’t always represent the same vehicle we will see, but it’s already sparking rumors on 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan specs and features. This should come as no surprise as the Tiguan is up for a redesign next year, and a redesign is exactly what we’re seeing for the European model.
We can hardly be shocked to see the European Tiguan looking considerably different than the offering currently on the market, as the redesigned model is naturally coming out abroad first. Now, we assume what we’ll be seeing here will look much like what we’re seeing over in Frankfurt. Visually, VW isn’t exactly expected to come out with different appearances for two different markets. So this more aggressive looking SUV could find its way into your parking space.
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Of course, a redesign isn’t all about the design. One thing we have all-but confirmed is that the new Tiguan is being built on the same MQB platform as the Golf, which allows for a longer wheelbase. The one being shown in Frankfurt is already longer than the current model, but is we’ll be seeing an even longer model here in the U.S. This leads to rumors that there may be both a five-seat and seven-seat option. We hope these rumors end up holding water, as VW is lacking in more accommodating picks for larger families.
In some ways a European model gives us a pretty good idea on what to expect for a U.S. one, but in the past we’ve received some fairly different specs here. This is particularly true when it comes to powertrains. A GTE concept is being shown, for example, but it’s not even certain if the concept will go to production, so it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing it here. Similarly, the current Tiguan here is not offered with a TDI engine option, while it is in Europe, so seeing a diesel shown in Frankfurt doesn’t predict much for what we can expect.
We are sorry to say we can offer no insight on powertrain options, but there are some other features we might find in a 2017 VW Tiguan here. Safety features in particular seem likely to carry over, with the front assist and automatic emergency braking systems coming standard in the Euro-spec Tiguan, and VW recently announcing its aim to include these features as standard in future models in the U.S. We also hope to see pedestrian monitoring, lane assist and the automatic post-collision braking system as standard features, but wouldn’t be surprised to see them fit into some sort of optional package.
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Other features already hotly coveted include the dual LED headlights, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a head-up display. Whether any of these will be available feature, let alone standard, is hard to predict. Once we find out more we’ll be updating here at the Volkswagen of Springfield Blog, so check back for the latest news.