By Ronan Glon
Monday, Apr 2nd, 2012 @ 2:15 am
 
A report recently published by Germany's Auto, Motor, Und Sport claims that when the next generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan bows, it will be available in no less than three different body styles.

The first model will replace the existing Tiguan. Production is slated to start in February of 2015, and it will reportedly be a logical evolution of its predecessor. It will have about the same dimensions, and be powered by roughly the same range of engines.

An XL-sized Tiguan will make its appearance not long after that. The German magazine claims that it will stretch about 194 inches long, and that it will have three rows of seats. Volkswagen has not confirmed this, but the SUV's starting price should be in the vicinity of 30,000€ ($40,000).

In spite of the weight added by the extra sheetmetal, the XL-sized Tiguan will use the same drivetrains as its smaller sibling.

The SUV will be aimed primarily at the United States, Russia, and China, and it will likely be built in all three of those countries.

The last Tiguan variant to hit showrooms will be very similar to the Cross-Coupé concept that bowed in Tokyo last fall, and that was displayed again in Geneva more recently. It is too early to confirm this, but rumors indicate that it might come to the market as a diesel-powered plug-in hybrid similar to the one that was displayed in Geneva.

All three variants of the Tiguan will ride on Volkswagen's modular MQB platform. It is worth noting that Volkswagen-owned Skoda is slated to get a Tiguan-sized SUV in the coming years, and that it will also use Volkswagen's modular platform.