Frankfurt LIVE: 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

The new CUV is the first to ride on VW\'s modular platform.

Volkswagen has unveiled the 2017 Tiguan at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The all-new CUV is the first to ride on Volkswagen's modular transverse matrix (MQB) architecture.

What we're seeing his the European version, but we're expecting to see both the standard and CC variants (based on the Cross Coupe GTE concept we saw in Detroit) of the new Tiguan here in the United States. The U.S.-spec model will likely be shown later this year in Los Angeles.

The 2017 Tiguan sets out first and foremost to address the CUV's biggest shortcoming: size. While its more compact dimensions work for European markets, the Tiguan has always lagged others at its price point when it comes to interior space, forcing Volkswagen to compete with midsize-based CUVs with what is basically a slightly overweight compact. Those days appear to be over.

For 2017, the Tiguan will come in two- and three-row variants for the first time, allowing it to compete with true midsize CUVs. Whether Volkswagen decides to market the different variants under the same model name (similar to Hyundai's approach with the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport) remains to be seen. The three-row variant will likely be introduced to America (along with a few other markets) in late 2016.

As shown, the new two-row Tiguan is 2.4 inches longer, 1.2 inches wider and boasts a 3-inch longer wheelbase than the outgoing model. Cargo space has increased by just under 2 cubic feet while passenger room, especially in the rear, has also grown.

Look for the U.S. variant to be powered by a 1.8L turbocharged gas engine as well as a 2.0 TDI turbodiesel. A seven-speed DSG gearbox will likely be the only transmission on offer. The 2017 Tiguan will ship standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive will be available as an optional extra.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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