Volkswagen Unveils Upgraded 2018 Tiguan
German auto manufacturer Volkswagen recently unveiled a new version of its Tiguan crossover at the Detroit Auto Show. The new Tiguan model is longer compared with the current one and also packs a handful of new upgrades.
Compared with the current model, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is nearly 11 inches longer, which opens up room for up to 57 percent more cargo, according to Motor Authority. The new model, since it is stretched, also packs two more seats compared with its predecessor.
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Many auto analysts said that Volkswagen redesigned the Tiguan in order to gain an appeal to the current consumers' shift towards SUVs, crossovers, and pick-up trucks, a trend that was kicked off by the current drop in gasoline prices.
In a statement acquired by USA Today, Volkswagen North America chief executive officer Hinrich J. Woebcken said, "I truly believe that this auto show marks a real turning point for Volkswagen in the United States, based on an upcoming strong product momentum with vehicles that are truly tailored to what American buyers want."
The 2018 Tiguan will hit showrooms alongside another Volkswagen SUV, the Atlas.
In terms of upgrades, the new Tiguan will have an optional safety systems, a feature that is becoming increasingly popular among car manufacturers. Among the confirmed safety features are pedestrian monitoring, blind spot detection, forward collision warning, and lane departure warnings.
With the new Tiguan and the Atlas expected to hit the market very soon, it would appear that Volkswagen is keen into cleaning its reputation following the fallout of the emission tests scandal, which has severely marred the company's name.