The seven-seat version of Volkswagen’s versatile and recently facelifted Tiguan has been unveiled in the United States packing a range of tech and styling upgrades.
The facelifted version of the seven-seat Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace has been officially unveiled and is expected to go on sale in Australia early in 2022.
The new Tiguan Allspace naturally mirrors many of the changes of the facelifted five-seat Tiguan that arrived earlier this year.
Volkswagen has given both Tiguans a radically different styling package that features reshaped LED headlights and daytime running lights as standard.
At the rear, the seven-seater dons spaced out Tiguan lettering across the tailgate that sits between the slightly redesigned LED taillights, while those who opt for the R-Line trim levels receive more sporty bumpers and side skirts.
While Australian specification may differ, the U.S. version of the Tiguan Allspace comes fitted with redesigned wheels ranging from 17 to 20-inch sizes. It all adds up to a package that we think is a notable improvement over the previous model – which was already a good looking car.
Volkswagen has significantly enhanced the technology found inside with an eight-inch display in the instrument cluster as standard on overseas models with the option to upgrade to a larger 10-inch unit.
The size of the centre touchscreen is not detailed but we expect it to mirror the regular Tiguan with an eight-inch touchscreen as standard or the larger 9.2-inch oh higher trims – both of which feature wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
Just under the screen sits a new touch capacitive interface for climate control purposes with a wireless charger and a slew of USB C ports in a cubby underneath.
Volkswagen offers other luxury touches such as a leather steering wheel as standard but those wanting more can opt for either synthetic or real leather seat trim with power-adjustability for the front row.
Further enhancing the cabin atmosphere are optional features such as 15-colour ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof and the Fender Premium Audio system.
Volkswagen has also enhanced the safety package with AEB now fitted with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, side assist and many more features.
While local specification has yet to be confirmed, we expect the Tiguan Allspace to carry over its existing lineup that features both petrol and diesel options.
The range starts with a 110TSI 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque that is coupled with a six-speed DSG dual clutch that sends its punch to the front wheels.
The rest of the range uses a 2.0L turbo petrol engine with outputs of 132kW/320Nm and 162kW/350Nm available, with both sending power to all four wheels.
Historically these engines have been paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch, though in the U.S. the facelifted Tiguan Allspace has been paired with an eight-speed torque-converter automatic.
Volkswagen has previously also offered a 2.0L turbodiesel engine that sends 147kW/400Nm to an AWD system, though outputs may change in the update.
Despite the good chunk of power, the diesel is significantly better on fuel, chewing through just 6.4L/100km compared to 162kW petrol engine at 9L/100km.
Official details for the Australian specification of the Tiguan Allspace are yet to be confirmed but expect more information to arise closer to the launch date in the first quarter of 2022.
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