The Volkswagen Tiguan will be completely redesigned for the 2018 model year. The vehicle will move to the same shared platform that underpins popular models like the Golf but will be over 10.7 inches longer than the outgoing Tiguan. Shoppers will also gain a third-row seating option as well as the latest driver assistance technology.
Like the latest offerings from Volkswagen, the Tiguan will move to the automaker's MQB platform. The change will result in an increase in overall size and cabin space. In fact, the vehicle's wheelbase has been stretched 11 inches, helping boost cargo space by up to 57%. The vehicle will be larger than the version sold in Europe and will feature a wider and lower stance compared to the outgoing vehicle.
Perhaps most importantly, the 2018 Tiguan will finally gain a third-row option, something lacking for quite some time in the Volkswagen lineup. The feature will come standard in front-wheel drive models and will be optional in all-wheel drive verions. In addition, second-row seats will be able to slide up to 7 inches for added flexibility. Although the upcoming Atlas crossover will offer a more spacious alternative along the lines of a Ford Explorer, the Tiguan will aim to hit a sweet spot in the red-hot small crossover segment.
Under the hood, the Tiguan will get an updated version of Volkswagen's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Both front-wheel drive and the automaker's 4Motion all-wheel drive system will be available. The Tiguan's transmission will also see an upgrade from the current 6-speed gearbox to a new 8-speed model. Unfortunately, there are no indications that a diesel variant will be offered as we may have expected in the past, given the stigma surrounding the automaker's ongoing emissions scandal.
In terms of safety, the new Tiguan will offer many of the advanced driver assistance features found in the latest field of competitors, like available forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning and more. However, unlike competitors such as the Toyota RAV4, most of these features will not come standard.
Expect a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is currently expected to go on sale in early 2017. Based on our analysis, deals on the outgoing version have been fairly flat. However, the 2017 Tiguan continues to rank as one of the best lease deals in its class thanks to substantial discounts.
Official 2018 pricing has not yet been announced. For reference, the 2017 Tiguan starts at $25,860 with destination and ranges up to $35,445. No major price increases are expected at this time.
As recently as 2015, the Tiguan was over $2,800 pricier than the Honda CR-V. However, a price cut of $1,365 for the 2016 model year brought the model within closer range of the segment leader. Based on the automaker's recent pricing strategy, we expect prices to remain closely in line with the current model.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Pictured: 2018 Tiguan