2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Spotted in the Wilds of Europe

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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.

For starters the new Tig’ is expected to ride atop VW’s excellent MQB architecture, a structure that underpins vehicles like the MKVII Golf and Audi’s A3 sedan, among many others.

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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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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