In addition to the length increase over the previous model, the American Tiguan has a 4.4-inch longer wheelbase than its European counterpart, and is lower and wider than before.
Volkswagen aims to reinvigorate interest in its Tiguan small SUV with a new model that grows 10.7 inches longer and offers a third row to seat up to seven people.
Cargo capacity has also been boosted as a result of the body stretch, though Volkswagen is yet to reveal official figures. Other available features include a Fender Premium Audio System and Volkswagen's Car-Net suite of connected vehicle services including App-Connect technology with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.
NAIAS: Volkswagen Tiguan long-wheelbase
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is expected to be launched in summer, according to autoblog and will be showcased at the Detroit auto show that takes place this week. This makes the Tiguan Allspace a rival for the Nissan X-Trail. It's part of a strategy by Volkswagen to merge more cars onto the same platform for efficiency. Finally, a class-exclusive automatic post-collision braking system instantly applies the brakes in the event of a crash to prevent secondary collisions. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is offered in 150bhp, 190bhp and 240bhp form, the latter is likely to be the same bi-turbo unit from the sportiest Tiguan. Some of the convenience features include optional panoramic sun-roof, electric tailgate, heated seats up front, heated steering wheel and 8-way electric adjustment for the driver seat.
Not only will they struggle to get into these seats, they're likely to have to ask the second row passengers to slide their seats forward to give them enough space, eating into their leg room, too. The FWD models will get the third row of seats as standard and optional on AWD models. Fancier models will offer Volkswagen's trick reconfigurable "digital cockpit" instrument display as an option.
The new R-Line package can also be optioned with either the four- or six-cylinder engine options and either front- or all-wheel drive.
The difference between a winter storm watch and warning
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the CT shoreline that will be in effect from 10 p.m. Stay close to weather information, but at this point the forecast for winter weather looks minor at best.