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Detroit show: Volkswagen Tiguan stretches out

Debuting at the North American International Auto Show is an extended version of the popular Volkswagen Tiguan SUV

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Debuting at the North American International Auto Show is an extended version of the big-selling Volkswagen Tiguan SUV.

Presented at Detroit as the LWB (long wheelbase) the car will go on sale first in the USA and then China, before arriving in the UK late in 2017 as the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.

It will be offered in both five-seat or optional seven-seat versions, though reports suggest that the rear two seats will not be very suitable for adults.

The standard Tiguan wheelbase is extended by 110mm, and the overall length by 215mm, creating a potential extra 115 litres of bootspace.

Other expected changes include minor exterior styling tweaks, chiefly to the bonnet and grille. The engine line-up is yet to be confirmed but will likely range across 1.4-litre TSI petrol and 2-litre TDI diesel units, with all-wheel-drive also available.

Volkswagen’s typical Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim levels are expected on UK models, with prices starting around £3,000 more than the standard Tiguan.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.