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Spied: Next-Gen Volkswagen Tiguan Prototype Climbs the Alps

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/10/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Volkswagen Tiguan Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Volkswagen Tiguan Prototype Spied: Next-Gen Volkswagen Tiguan Prototype Climbs the Alps

Our spy photographers recently spotted the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan during high-altitude testing in the Alps mountain range. For the first time, the Tiguan reveals its true body shape, including its curves and sloped roofline.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan Prototype" target="_blank">last time we saw a Tiguan prototype over a year ago, it was hiding behind the sheetmetal of a shortened Touran minivan. But now, the Tiguan looks completely different, sporting an athletic body with low ground clearance. You can even see traces of the Audi Q7 seeping through to the VW's shape. Although the model is heavily camouflaged, a few bold character lines give us a peek at its personality.

The next-generation global Tiguan is expected to add 2.2 inches to its overall length, while a long-wheelbase version will balloon up even more to 184.6 inches. We hear that the U.S. will only receive the long-wheelbase, three-row variant. The Tiguan will share the same MQB platform with the new Golf and will receive many of that car's engine options, including a turbocharged 1.8-liter inline-four and a 2.0-liter turbo.

Production of this three-row crossover will start at Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico, at the end of 2016. By building here, Volkswagen may be able to reduce prices, which have been unusually high on this crossover in the past. Expect the Tiguan to reach showrooms around spring 2017.

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