VW debuts a bigger Tiguan

Keith Laing
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Volkswagen AG premiered its new 2018 Tiguan crossover vehicle as part of the Detroit auto show on Sunday night.

The German automaker says the 2018 edition of the Tiguan is longer than its 2017 counterpart by 10.7 inches and has 57 percent more cargo space.

Features include flexible seating for five with sliding second row and a third-row of seating that is standard on certain Tiguan trims and optional on all others.

“The new Tiguan demonstrates how we plan to give American customers the usability and versatility they demand without sacrificing style or Volkswagen’s trademark driving dynamics,“ Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen's North American Region, said in a statement. “Every detail of the Tiguan has been thoughtfully engineered for our U.S. customers to maximize space and convenience, while retaining its performance, agility, and value."

Pricing was not announced, but Woebcken it would be priced competitively with other compact SUVs.

Volkswagen said the new Tiguan is based on its Modular Transverse Matrix  architecture, which is similar to its Atlas full-size SUV.

The platform allows for

a wider, lower stance, the company said.  It said the exterior design also enhances the Tiguan’s utility, from a 26-degree approach angle for off-roading to a lower lift-in height for the tailgate.

The Volkswagen Atlas SUV will sell for $30k-$48k.

A rearview camera comes standard.  Available features include adaptive cruise control, upgraded for use in stop and go traffic; forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking  with pedestrian monitoring; blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert; and lane departure warning, which actively helps the driver steer the car back into its lane should the vehicle start drifting into another lane without using the turn signal.

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