Volkswagen unveils bigger Tiguan crossover at Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen unveils bigger Tiguan crossover at Detroit Auto Show

German auto giant Volkswagen (VW) on Sunday used the Detroit Auto Show to introduced the world to a stretched version of its Tiguan crossover for sale in the United States.

The stretched version of the Tiguan crossover is an optional three-row version of the vehicle that offers a couple of more seats than its predecessor. It is being seen as a direct response to the notable shift in consumer interest to crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks amid lower gas prices.

Revealing the new version, VW North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken said, “I truly believe that this auto show marks a real turning point for Volkswagen in the United States, based on an upcoming strong product momentum with vehicles that are truly tailored to what American buyers want.”

By auto industry standards, the Tiguan is quite large as it is nearly 11 inches longer and 57 per cent larger cargo space than its predecessor. It also offers optional safety systems like forward-collision warning, lane-departure warnings, pedestrian monitoring and blind-spot detection.

However, it will not be available in diesel option, which accounted for around a quarter of the company’s overall sales in the U.S. before the emissions scandal that surfaced in September 2015.

The Tiguan represents a bright spot for VW in the U.S., where the German automaker suffered a significant dent in its reputation due to its infamous emissions scandal. Overall VW brand sales slipped 7.6 per cent last year, while Tiguan sales jumped 11.6 per cent to 47,861 units.