The New and Bigger 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
With lower gasoline prices, Volkswagen has decided to take advantage of the growing interest in crossover vehicles and has just rolled out the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan on January 8, 2017 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car comes with an optional third row seat, providing two more seats over its predecessor.
Consumer interest has shifted from small, fuel economic vehicles, to crossovers and sport-utility vehicles. VW is a popular provider of small cars, but is breaking into the market for mid-sized vehicles with the Tiguan and another SUV the Atlas.
In 2016, VW sales were down 7.6%, as VW struggled with handling the aftermath of an emissions scandal. The Tiguan helped VW gain traction in the industry once again, and sales of the Tiguan rose 11.6% in the same year.
The 2018 version of the Tiguan is eleven inches longer than the 2016, providing additional cargo space. The Tiguan can be outfitted with some of the best safety systems found in the industry, including forward-collision warning, lane-departure warnings, pedestrian monitoring and blind-spot detection.
There is no diesel option to the Tiguan, due to the aftermath the emissions trouble VW faced in September 2015.
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan will come standard with third-row seating for the front-wheel-drive version, and with optional third-row seating on the all-wheel-drive model. The engine used is a 2-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine, providing 184 horsepower and an 8 speed transmission.
With cars such as the Jetta dropping rapidly in sales, Volkswagen needed to up their game and come up with a product that consumers were searching for. Many customers in the United States don’t want small, they want mid-sized vehicles because they can afford to fill them up at the gas pump. Volkswagen is answering that call with the Tiguan.
The 2017 Tiguan was considered a little too tall and boxy, so Volkswagen responded with a lower, wider version that customers in Europe are loving. It’s a sharp looking crossover vehicle, offering plenty of room yet maintaining the VW look.
The inside of the 2018 Tiguan is moderately luxurious, created with black soft touch materials and a central touchscreen on the dashboard. It’s built for comfort and convenience, with sharp lines and an excellent interrior finish. Light leather, faux metal and carbon fiber accents are used on the vehicle interior.
The Tiguan is giving VW drivers something to think about. With gas prices low, this vehicle is an affordable option for those that love the VW brand but are looking for something a little bit bigger for their growing families. It’s comfortable on the inside with plenty of space for cargo while at the same time providing seating for up to seven people, making this vehicle an affordable option for those looking for a mid-sized vehicle that still looks great.