Big Volkswagen Tiguan Spied Testing With Seating for Seven

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Spy photographers have caught the Volkswagen Tiguan long-wheelbase (LWB) testing completely undisguised.

The Volkswagen Tiguan LWB will offer seating for seven thanks to a third row and was previously referred to as the Volkswagen Tiguan XL. Originally expected to be offered exclusively for the Chinese market, the Tiguan LWB will be heading to North America as the German automaker looks to strengthen its crossover and SUV lineup. It will reportedly measure 185 inches in length, 72.4 inches in width and 64.3 inches in height while riding on a 109.9-inch wheelbase. Expect it to come powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Considering Volkswagen is testing the Tiguan LWB with no camouflage in Europe near its research facility at the Nurburgring, we should see a debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in late September. It is scheduled to enter production in the first quarter of 2017 and the units bound for North America will likely be produced at the automaker’s plant in Mexico.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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