All right guys, this is getting a little bit offensive. Every time an automaker lengthens a wheelbase, adds a few giant-sized cup holders or easy-open doors, it says it’s “engineered for American customers.” We get it, we’re a lazy, wide, Big Gulp-drinking culture; you don’t have to rub it in.
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is getting longer by 10.7 inches, more flexible with a sliding second row and safer with a bunch of active safety features. Those have the dual purpose of also making us lazier, because we don’t have to pay attention as much when driving. The new Tiguan made its debut Sunday before the 2017 Detroit auto show.
The new VW Tiguan continues to use VW’s MQB architecture and arrives with 57 percent more cargo space, thanks to those extra inches. For the first time, it will offer an optional third row of seats and Volkswagen’s new Digital Cockpit display with customizable viewing, smartphone integration and available premium Fender audio.
New safety features include adaptive cruise control (ACC), upgraded for use in stop-and-go traffic; forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring; blind-spot monitor with rear traffic alert; and lane departure warning.
An updated version of VW’s 2.0-liter turbo four powers the Tiguan with 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic sends power to the front wheels, or all four with the optional 4Motion all-wheel drive system.
We don’t have pricing yet, but the 2017 Tiguan started at about $25,000, and we don’t expect it to be too much above that.