The latest Tiguan is the first VW Group SUV to sit on the MQB chassis architecture – the same set of components that underpins everything from the Mk7 Golf to the Skoda Octavia. The extended wheelbase variant of VW’s SUV is likely to be called the Tiguan XL and will probably be built in China and Mexico. The Volkswagen Tiguan XL will sit on a longer version of the A2 platform, with precisely the same wheelbase as Skoda’s forthcoming seven-seat SUV, the Kodiaq. The car shares the front fascia with the smaller, 5-seater Tiguan SUV and the extension from the C-Pillar is very distinct. The engine options might be carried forward from the Tiguan SUV but as we said earlier, this is just the beginning for Volkswagen.
Besides the rather large SUV, Volkswagen has plans for a number of smaller SUVs, including a production version of the Golf-sized T-Roc and a Polo-based SUV which is likely to be called T-Cross. We expect the T-Cross to come to India and in fact, we think that the car manufacturer will bring it to India in 2018 with the Auto Expo forming a stage to propel the company’s newest member. The 5-seater Volkswagen Tiguan will hit showrooms in India next year and it’ll take the CBU route; so yes. it’ll compete with the likes of the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1.