The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is one of two vehicles that the carmaker has made longer, the other being the Atlas SUV.
The Allspace's third row of seating has been deployed in a body that is 218mm longer than the standard Tiguan with the wheelbase stretched by 112mm.
Volkswagen plans to offer a new extended-wheelbase Tiguan for the 2018 model year, adding nearly 11 inches in length from the current model and offering available third-row seating to the formerly compact crossover.
And being an SUV, the introduction of the three-row Tiguan at the North American International Auto Show expands VW's penetration into America's mainstream.
Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive versions will be on sale.
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The Tiguan represents a bright spot for VW in the US, where the German automaker suffered a significant dent in its reputation due to its infamous emissions scandal.
For the 2018 model year, Volkswagen seems to have listened to the car-buying public, not only rolling out an all-new midsize crossover called the Atlas, but making their smaller option more American-sized. The new Tiguan also offers an available Fender® Premium Audio System. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is offered in 150bhp, 190bhp and 240bhp form, the latter is likely to be the same bi-turbo unit from the sportiest Tiguan. Finally, a class-exclusive automatic post-collision braking system instantly applies the brakes in the event of a crash to prevent secondary collisions.
A new palate of exterior and interior colors combine with key available comfort options such as eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
Thanks to the lengthened wheelbase, the second-row bench can slide seven inches forward and back and be split 40:20:40.
In the USA, the 2018 Tiguan will be powered by an updated version of VW's 2.0 litre TSI engine with 184 hp and 300 Nm of torque, driving the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. This increase results in an extra (third) row of seats or 115 litres of bootspace. It boasts Volkswagen's newest Car-Net infotainment software, and it's available with an Audi-derived digital instrument cluster that's fully configurable.