► VW's popular SUV grows extra pair of seats
► Styling given a tidy-up, sharp new detailing
► Goes on sale in the UK in summer 2017
The Volkswagen Tiguan might be the ultimate Ronseal mid-sized SUV, but that’s not stopped its maker tweaking it to create yet another niche-filling model. For all those buyers who hanker after a seven-seater Tiguan, your prayers have been answered – meet the stretched Tiguan Allspace.
VW says the Allspace bridges the gap in the range between the Tiguan and the Touareg. With its 5+2 seating layout, the Allspace distances itself from the crossover pack, as typified by the Renault Kadjar, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Qashqai. Expect to pay a premium for the additional space and boot-consuming third row, though.
See the new super-Tig at the 2017 Geneva motor show
It looks no different – how’s it done?
Simple: the Allspace gets a 109mm wheelbase stretch, and its overall length grows by 215mm. That’s impressive growth for a variation that looks so similar to the model it’s based on.
Even the entry-level version rides on 17-inch wheels, and some clever styling tricks have also been incorporated. So, it has a different bonnet line, the shoulder line has been modified and it gets a new set of corporate-looking headlamps.
As well as those extra seats, the boot grows. It will now swallow 760 litres (that’s up 140) with the front two rows of seats in place, but in full van mode, loaded to the roof, it will take up to 1920 litres.
What else has changed to create the VW Tiguan Allspace?
Very little. You can specify the Allspace with an 'off-road package', which gets you chunky restyled bumpers, and a slightly different ride height for that full urban warrior experience.
Under the skin, there’s little to surprise – there are six TSI and TDI engines, ranging from 150hp to 240hp. You’ll be able to buy the Allspace in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, spec, although even the entry level model comes fully equipped with air-conditioning, leather steering wheel, and LED tail lights.
There's no word yet from Volkswagen on pricing and availability, but expect it to go on sale in the UK in the summer of 2017.
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