2017 Volkswagen Tiguan rumours

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

It's been a big year for Volkswagen, not all of it great, mind you, but with new models on the way, the future is looking bright. Among the list of vehicles to keep your eyes on is the 2017 Tiguan. American model specs are expected to be announced officially later this year, but most believe they will share most of those already announced for the European version.

That said, there are a few differences that North American drivers can anticipate over those releasing in Europe, among them, the Tiguan will be offered with only the longer of the two wheelbases present in models elsewhere. The press-tested model was featured with 4MOTION all-wheel drive coupled with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. What makes this news even better is the addition of adaptive electronic dampers, in what many consider to be a larger, more affordable expansion on the similarly-equipped Volkswagen Golf lineup.

In fact, the Tiguan utilizes the modular MQB vehicle architecture present on the Audi A3 and the Golf. An expansive interior is one of the highlights, for sure, with all the electronic features you might want on a modern car. The American models will be front-wheel drive standard.

The released information on the Tiguan reads as the following:

"Despite the growth, the new short wheelbase of the Tiguan will be more than 110 pounds versus the previous model. The interior is treated to a 12.3-inch Active Info dash display and head-up information readout facing the driver. Volkswagen's MIB II modular infotainment system incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, along with live-updating, location-based alerts for traffic, nearby available parking, and fuel stations.

As with the last generation, an available R-Line appearance package trades in the black plastic body cladding for body-color accents, and brings 20-inch wheels to the Tiguan for the first time. 4MOTION all-wheel-drive, available either standard or as an option on all but the base model, defaults to front-wheel-drive until low-traction events engage the Haldex coupling and stability-control-based "electronic differential locks." An Active Control dial offers four drive modes for various driving conditions."

Expectations for safety features are strongly met, with Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, and Pre-Crash technology for optimal safety. Available radar-based adaptive cruise control makes getting around a little more futuristic thanks to adjusting for stop-and-go traffic, while the Area View technology offers the visibility you're after thanks to four-camera, 360-degree view. A full range of engines are expected for the new lineup, with both TSI gasoline and TDI diesels.

At a top-range of 217 horsepower on the gasoline, or 240 horsepower on the toughest diesel twin-turbo 2.0-liter, you'll have plenty of fun with whatever model you happen to choose. Learn more today about the Tiguan at the Gold Key Auto Group.