Volkswagen has dreams of becoming the world’s largest automaker, and it looks like selling more SUVs is a staple of that plan.
According to Auto Motor Und Sport, Volkswagen is planning on releasing a redesigned Tiguan in late 2014. The new model will be slightly longer than the current model, and will be priced more competitively here in America to take on the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.
A new 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation will be an option on the new Tiguan, along with a 110-hp 1.6-liter diesel engine, though the oil burner may be a Europe-only enigne. Lightweight materials should also help it to lose weight, making it more fuel efficient.
The space between the Tiguan and Touareg will be filled in by a new Tiguan XL, which was previewed by the VW Cross Blue Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. This larger seven-seat version will be about 1.5-feet longer than the Tiguan and even about half a foot longer than the Touareg, though it will sell for a cheaper price.
On the other side of the spectrum, VW has plans to release a Tiguan Coupe, in line with BMW crossover coupes like the X4. It would offer a more striking design and be the trendy option in the Tiguan family.
Both the Coupe and XL models are expected to arrive sometime by 2016.
[Source: Auto Motor Und Sport]
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