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Mike Stevens | Mar, 10 2015 | 7 Comments

Volkswagen has revealed that it will produce a seven-seat variant of the next-generation Tiguan SUV at its Mexican plant in a bid to boost ailing sales in North America.

But, while the regular five-seat version of the new midsized Tiguan is expected to make its global debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the longer model will not enter production until late next year.

An Australian debut for the new Tiguan is also not expected to occur until 2017, and the carmaker has yet to confirm if local buyers will be offered the sevent-seat option.

Volkswagen’s Mexican plant, which will undergo a $1.3 billion expansion in the coming year, already produces Australia’s Beetle and Jetta models.

Australia’s current Tiguan is built in Germany, but it is possible that the Mexican facility’s expansion could see our market take five- and seven-seat models from that source.

Above: the Cross Coupe GTE concept, revealed in January.
Above: the Cross Coupe GTE concept, revealed in January.

Both models will be built on Volkswagen’s versatile new MQB platform, which also underpins the new Golf and even the big new Passat.

The look of the new model remains a mystery for now, although clues can likely be found in Volkswagen’s latest SUV concepts, along with the recent Sport Coupe GTE concept that will evolve into the next CC four-door coupe.

Watch for the new Tiguan to make its first official appearance in Frankfurt.

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