The second-generation Tiguan is expected to hit global markets in early 2016, but until now it had been expected to continue the current five-seat formula.
This new variant in the new Tiguan line, reported this week by the UK’s Autocar, is understood to have been developed with a focus on the US and China, although a European - and possibly Australian - launch is expected.
In Australia, the new model’s seven-seat SUV rivals would include Nissan’s X-Trail (with the Qashqai a rival to the regular five-seat Tiguan), while a larger CrossBlue seven-seater model would take on the Pathfinder and Toyota’s Kluger, among others.
Expect a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines to debut with the next Tiguan, along with the usual six-speed manual and seven (or more) speed DSG automatic transmissions.
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