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Will we see it in America?

Volkswagen will expand the Tiguan lineup next year by launching a Coupe-badged model with a sportier design, according to a recent report.

The Tiguan Coupe will share its MQB platform with the Euro-spec variant of the second-generation Tiguan, which is available as a five-seater across the pond. Most powertrain components will carry over, too, but the Coupe will stand out with a more muscular design, according to French magazine Automobile.

Don't let the name Coupe fool you: it won't have two doors. It will surf the four-door coupe trend. The CrossBlue Coupe concept (pictured) shown at the 2013 Shanghai auto show shed valuable insight into what the model will look like. The treatment will only be skin-deep, however, and Automobile learned the two variants of the Tiguan will be almost exactly identical inside.

Volkswagen hasn't commented on the rumor. We know the company has big plans for its ever-growing family of crossovers and SUVs so it wouldn't surprise us to see a sportier alternative to the Tiguan join the ranks. What remains to be seen is whether it will sit alongside the Atlas in American showrooms.

In Europe, the coupe model will carry a roughly 1,500-euro ($1,800) premium over the base five-seater Tiguan.