We informed you earlier that Volkswagen will launch the 7-seater version of the VW Tiguan SUV in the Indian car market in 2017. The company had unveiled the 5-seater version of the SUV at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. The seven-seater version has been spotted undisguised for the first time, suggesting that the vehicle could make its global debut in near future. The 7-seater model is likely to go on sale in China this year, while India launch could take place in the first half of 2017. Also Read: 2017 Volkswagen Polo coming next year: Rendered
If reports are to be believed, the vehicle will have an increased wheelbase of around 110mm. The vehicle gets extra real estate to fix a third row of seats. Compared to its 5-seater derivative, the 7-seater SUV features slightly revised grille with chrome treatment and new bumper with silver treatment. On side, the SUV gets revised greenhouse, extra cladding and newly styled alloy wheels. Also Read: Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TSI snapped in India
At the back, the vehicle looks identical to the 5-seater model. The increase in length gives it a crossover profile rather than SUV. Moreover, the SUV offers more boot space which can be extended by folding rear seats. In India, the SUV will rival against the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Also Read: Volkswagen to pay INR 1 Lakh Crore in settlement for the Diesel gate scandal
The new VW Tiguan is expected to arrive into India as CKD kit, and likely to be locally assembled at Volkswagen's Maharshtra plant. It is expected to be priced in the range of INR 28 lakh to INR 35 lakh. The India-spec model will be offered with two engine options- 1.8-litre TSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel.