For anyone who followed our coverage of this year's Detroit Auto Show, the new Tiguan will look familiar. That's because it bears a striking resemblance to the Cross Coupe GTE. Both cars have angular headlamps and sharply creased flanks, topped off with VW's horizontal grille.
Whereas the Cross Coupe was a concept, the Tiguan has been designed with far more practical considerations in mind. It's built on the brand's MQB platform, and boasts a boot that can hold 615 liters (21.7 cu.ft) with the seats up and 1,655 liters (58.45 cu.ft) with the seats folded flat. That's 145 liters (5.12 cu.ft) more than its predecessor.
Details about the engines that are available are thin on the ground at the moment but VW says there will be eight options, ranging from an 85 kW (114 hp) motor in entry level cars to a 176 kW (236 hp) range-topper.
Also displayed at the Frankfurt Show was a GTE Version of the Tiguan with a 160 kW (215 hp) hybrid powertrain. Although just a concept at the moment, we expect it to reach production sooner rather than later.
As you might expect of the German manufacturer, the new Tiguan will be absolutely chock full of active safety and convenience features. That means automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist and integration with VW's Media Control App.
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