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New VW Tiguan to be made available with seven seats.

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line
Adam Schoeman

Sources close to Volkswagen have said that the next generation Tiguan will be available in a choice of five or seven seats.

The second-generation small SUV is set to be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2015, and should hit world markets sometime in 2016.

As with the new Passat, previewed here last week, the new Tiguan will also be built on the MQB platform, which also underpins the Golf and most other Volkswagens and Audis. This will allow the Tiguan to inherit all of the advanced chassis bonding and lightweight materials already used in the MQG platform.

The standard wheelbase Tiguan will be very much the same length as the current car, but in order to accommodate two additional passengers, the seven-seat edition will sit on an extended wheelbase.

As with the current generation, the expectation is that a mix of petrol and diesel turbocharged engines will be available.  The petrol engines will be available in 1,4 and 1,8-litre as well as a 2,0-litre range topper, while the diesel units will be limited to either a 1,6-litre or a 2,0-litre.

Currently the Tiguan’s main rivals are Ford’s Kuga and Nissan’s Qashqai, both of which have enjoyed tremendous success, but neither of them have a seven-seater option. This could give the Tiguan an edge over them as well as become the default choice for bigger families that do not fancy going down the MPV route.

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