The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan crossover has just been spied in the wilds of Europe. This prototype may be covered from hood to hatch in gaudy black-and-white camouflage but we can still glean some information about it.
This engineering familiarity should extend to its powertrains as well. Expect it to offer a wide range of engines borrowed from the Volkswagen portfolio. The volume propulsion unit here in the United States will likely be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, an updated version of the engine found under its hood right now. As for transmissions, expect a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch unit to be on the menu.
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Given its brand-new bones the 2017 Tiguan is expected to grow. It’s estimated that its overall length will increase by around 10 inches compared to today’s version. This stretch would certainly allow for more cargo space and possibly even an optional third-row seat. Width will likely increase as well, though we’d bet its curb weight will drop thanks to the fancy new platform.
The new model should be more cost-competitive with rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. Today’s Tiguan is rather small and quite expensive compared to the mass-market crossover competition. It seems likely this redesigned Volkswagen crossover will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, though it may be scheduled to make its debut at a later date.
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