Volkswagen's Tiguan is now a part-time seven-seater.
The German car maker is launching its Tiguan Allspace in Australia this July and it will feature a 5+2 seating layout as seen on its Skoda Kodiaq sibling.
Working like an au pair of the SUV world, the Tiguan Allspace is up for helping out with the big family hauling duties on occasion but isn't a full time seven-seater like the larger Toyota Kluger or Kia Sorento.
Adding 215mm of length over the regular Tiguan, the Allspace is significantly larger in the rear where it has an increased overhang of 106mm. A large slice of the increased length goes to the wheelbase which has been extended by 109mm creating extra interior space to accommodate the third row of seats.
Volkswagen will offer the Tiguan Allspace in two trim lines in Australia: Comfortline and Highline.
Comfortline models will be powered by a choice of three engines. An entry-level 110kW/250Nm four-cylinder turbocharged petrol is matched to a six-speed dual-clutch auto driving the front wheels. A 132kW/320Nm turbocharged four-pot is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto that delivers power to all four wheels is also available in Comfortline trim.
The lone Comfortline diesel variant is a 110kW/340Nm turbocharged four-cylinder unit that is similarly combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch, all-wheel drive set-up.
These three models receive a standard level of kit that extends to 18-inch alloy wheels, electric folding mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, LED headlights, auto tailgate, an 8.0-inch display, navigation, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and park assist.
Top-spec Highline variants can be had with either a petrol or a diesel powertrain.
The petrol variant is equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is good for 162kW and 350Nm.
A turbocharged four-cylinder oil-burning unit powers the other Highline variant and produces 140kW and 400Nm.
Both models are matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that powers all four wheels.
Over and above the Comfortline models the Highline variants score 19-inch alloy wheels, electric front seats, heated front and outer second row seats, leather trimmed upholstery, 9.2-inch display and ambient lighting.
Volkswagen has also tipped in additional active safety equipment like adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, emergency assist, traffic jam assist and has added adaptive lane guidance to its lane assist package which works to keep the car in the middle of the lane.
Local pricing will be announced closer to the car's launch date in July, 2018.
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