The new long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan will be pitted against a growing list of three-row, family-oriented SUVs, including the Dodge Journey, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Rogue and Toyota Highlander.
Pricing and technical specifications on the new Tiguan were not disclosed.
Volkswagen said it will invest around $1 billion to expand its Puebla, Mexico assembly plant to build the larger Tiguan. VW said the production capacity for the longer Tiguan will be 500 units per day. The model will be supplied to North and South America, as well as other world markets.
It's all part of a larger Volkswagen SUV strategy that aims at a more mainstream approach.
The Tiguan will debut shortly after VW's new midsize SUV arrives in showrooms in 2017. That unnamed SUV, which is spun off the Volkswagen CrossBlue concept, will be larger than the Tiguan.
Edmunds says: The three-row Tiguan should finally give VW some competitive superiority in this tough segment. In the meantime, car shoppers have plenty of solid choices now in this category.