The Volkswagen Tiguan is starting to get a little long in the tooth, and the German automaker is reportedly already deep in development on the second-generation model. If rumors prove true, Volkswagen may be keeping a big secret when it comes to the new compact crossover. Company insiders speaking to Autocar claim that there are both five- and seven-passenger versions of the next Tiguan in the works. It raises an interesting question about the future of the larger Crossblue concept, though.

According to the sources, the five-passenger, second-gen Tiguan is about a year away from its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new CUV rides on VW's MQB platform, and its size is roughly the same as the current model. The even bigger news from the insiders hits a few months later when a longer-wheelbase, seven-passenger Tiguan with three rows of seats is unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Here's where it gets confusing: VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announced at the 2014 Detroit show that the Crossblue was coming to the US in 2016. In concept form, it also used the MQB platform and seats seven. It seems rather odd for an automaker to introduce a pair of three-row CUVs on the same chassis in the same year in the US. Although, it's possible that this could just be a name change for the production Crossblue, it doesn't seem likely. It could also be that Tiguan's third row will be a much smaller, occasional-use only sort of proposition, in much the same way that Nissan now offers its Rogue compact CUV with three rows, yet it also markets the much larger Pathfinder (though admittedly they aren't on the same chassis). We've contacted Volkswagen to straighten this story out, and we'll update you when we hear back.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Bring a new Microbus instead.
      vizcarmb
      • 5 Months Ago
      how bout a ******* diesel instead of a third row.
      Scr
      • 5 Months Ago
      Seven? It is barely comfortable for four!
      waetherman
      • 5 Months Ago
      I looked at the Tig when shopping a new car, but the cargo space was just too small. I wasn't looking for a third row, but I'd take a bigger VW if that space were available for cargo too.
      Matt
      • 5 Months Ago
      Amazing that while VW is American-izing their lineup, Ford is European-izing theirs.
      funguy6713
      • 5 Months Ago
      VW is a mess...
        djrroar1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @funguy6713
        VW is hardly a mess, it is one of the largest, most profitable car companies in the world, that does not happen be accident. VW of North America is a mess because VAG is making huge money with Audi and Porsche in this country and VW is an after thought at the moment. Time will tell is they want the U.S. market to be a major market for them.
      Finn
      • 5 Months Ago
      VW needs to understand (still doesn't seem to) that many VW owners are second and even third generation VW drivers. They like simple, practical, enjoyable, good handling, and even a bit unusual/quirky. Which, by the way, VW seems to have forgotten. WE KNOW WHAT WE WANT and WHAT WE LIKE. You HAVE ALL the vehicles already in your model range ELSEWHERE. Quit trying to be like every other mid or lower-range brand just THINK about what we like by LISTENING/READING to what we've all been telling you for the last gazillion years. Yes, a simple, l o n g e r Tiguan would be fine. Don't over-do it, keep it simple and useable - OR - hey, here's an idea, build a few of your Euro models over here... IN THE NEW FACTORY YOU BUILT. I'm getting a headache. oy.
      Justin Campanale
      • 5 Months Ago
      Vw should sell the Toucan in the States. I'm serious. Euro style MPVs will be the next big thing, I'm telling you. After all, what do consumers nowadays want? They want a practical, comfortable, fuel efficient people mover with upmarket styling which you can squeeze seven people into. Small MPVs check all those boxes. They have just as much cargo and passenger room as your typical 3 row crossover while getting similar to better mileage and performance than your typical compact SUV. One of my friends has a Kia Rondo and it's a surprisingly practical little van.
        waetherman
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Yes! These would definitely be popular in the 'states. The only thing is the name... what to call them.... "People mover" just doesn't work... something that suggests that they have carrying capacity like a van, but that they are significantly smaller... Hmmm..... I'm sure something will come to me....
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have owned a Tiguan for a year now. It's OK, at best. Decent styling, but really crummy gas mileage, esp. for the little 4-cylinder. I average 21-24 mpg driving by myself and driving conservatively. That's a joke. It's fairly rough-riding and loud compared to most other 4-cylinder comparative models. The A/C struggles on hot days and you must run it at it's highest setting which sounds like a jet plane taking off. The A/C vents do not tilt down far enough to hit your body-- just your head! (What were they thinking??) Sound system is atrocious. 1970's AM radio quality, at best. GPS is also very poor, with no ability to move the cursor across the screen-- you cannot pan left/right or up/down. In this day and age that is just dumb. I thought the panoramic sunroof was a good idea but the thin retractable shade does very little to keep heat out, so the sun absolutely bakes the inside of your vehicle. If you're tall like I am your head will be in the "hot zone" near that roasting sunroof. VW needs to do a serious overhaul before trying to add more passengers to the vehicle's discomfort and bad MPG.
        atc98092
        • 5 Months Ago
        Sounds like some changes from my 2011 model. I think the AC is fine, and only "loud" when turned way up. Even at that level, the voice command works fine and no one complains about noise on the other end of the phone. I don't think it rides rough at all, but I agree the MPG could be a little better for the size. My AC vents also hit the body just fine, at least for me. I agree 100% about the RNS-315 radio. But I have the RNS-510 with Dynaudio. Sound quality is terrific, and the nav works fine. Again, I have no issue with the sun shade. Of course, I'm in Seattle, and while it can get uber-warm here (97 yesterday), more typically it's not that bad. Location can make a tremendous difference in things.
        Warralex
        • 5 Months Ago
        That has not been my experience so far, but we have an sel, have averaged 26.0 mpg, cant really comment on the a/c part as we are in Maine. It has not been rough riding and our road suck, really suck. after driving other small suv's it is really no comparison, the tiguan "drives" the best, more like a car and less like a truck.
      Robdaemon
      • 5 Months Ago
      Noooooo! I just want the 170 hp diesel version to come to the US! Or a version with the 3.0 TDI.
      tenspeeder
      • 5 Months Ago
      Starting to get a little long in the tooth??
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