Familiar to many worldwide but alien to us Malaysians, Volkswagen is finally launching the Tiguan Allspace in Malaysia.
After a long hiatus of not launching any new cars (facelifts aside), Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia is finally launching four new whips today, in the form of the Passat R-Line, Arteon R-Line as well as the unfamiliar Tiguan Allspace R-Line and Tiguan Allspace Highline.
The Passat R-Line will be another variant in the Passat Line-up while the Arteon R-Line is coupe looking saloon that we have all been waiting since its teaser way back in mid-2019. The surprising news is the Tiguan Allspace, a longer bodied Tiguan which can house seven people inside.
The Tiguan Allspace is not actually a new car as it made its first debut back in 2017 at the Detroit Motorshow. It went on sale in Europe at the back end of 2017 and has helped the Tiguan to become Volkswagen's best selling car to date.
Essentially, the Tiguan Allspace is a stretched-out version of the popular SUV. It is 215mm longer, which makes space for the additional two seats at the very rear. The distinguishable differences between the Tiguan and the Tiguan Allspace are the two extra seats and the extra-long rear doors. Apart from that, it is all regular Tiguan. The total volume of cargo space with all seats folded down has also grown to 1770 litres oppose to the regular Tiguan's 1,615 litres.
Worldwide, the Tiguan Allspace can be had in many different powertrains, but we expect the same 1.4-litre turbocharged TSI engine with 148hp and 250nm of torque from the regular Tiguan to power the Allspace. We also predict that the Tiguan Allspace to mate its engine with the familiar 6-speed DSG (wet) that we all have come to know.
We also expect the Allspace to be a CKD vehicle just like the current regular Tiguan which is assembled in Pekan, Pahang. All fancy types of equipment such as LED headlights, fully digital Active Info Display (speedo cluster) and a 9.2-inch Discover Pro head unit will most likely be similar to its sibling.
Do we actually need a bigger Tiguan? As a family man who can use some extra seats in cars, I would say yes. It would also help with those who have an active lifestyle such as cyclists. The practicality and usage of a slightly bigger Tiguan is pretty much endless, and since Volkswagen did not make it grow bigger sideways, it should still be able to manoeuvre around the city quite easily.
This Tiguan Allspace follows the popular footsteps of adding a couple more seats in a midsize SUV like the Nissan X-Trail, Mazda CX-8 and the Peugeot 5008. Luckily Volkswagen was clever enough to extend the length of the car to help with the comfort situation.
If you would like to have a look at the Allspace as well as the other cars that Volkswagen are launching, you can head on to Volkswagen's Tour which takes place from August 12 to 16 at 1 Utama Shopping Centre.
Yay or nay for the Allspace? Let us know what you think.