If a design heavily modified from the European version has anything to say about it, the American SUV segment is sure to love the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Volkswagen began by making Tiguan longer and lower thanks to a new MQB chassis, which will not only lower the lift-in height to a more convenient level for the SUV's rear hatch, but will also elongate the current model by 10.7 inches and add 4.4 inches to the wheelbase. That means a nigh-enviable cargo capacity, where a new set of third-row seats, standard on front-wheel-drive models and available optionally on 4Motion-equipped all-wheel-drive models, will join with a second-row, 40:20:40-split, seven-inch-sliding seat to make the most of storage space.

Such a design change will surely bode well for the under-hood experience, Tiguan's redesigned 184-horsepower, 221 lb.-ft.-torque, 2.0L turbocharged direct-injected TSI engine and fuel-economical eight-speed automatic transmission surely benefiting from a longer, lower ride. And Tiguan's looks will likewise turn heads, its bold front grille, standard roof rails, dual exhaust tips and choice of four wheel styles complementing the LED daytime running lights, standard LED taillights and optional LED headlights brightly illuminating your way.

What of safety? Volkswagen was sure to integrate Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Pedestrian Monitoring, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), and Adaptive Cruise Control to help you stay on track and aware of vehicles and objects around you. The addition of a fifth-generation 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel-drive system with On-Road, Snow, Off-Road and Off-Road custom modes will likewise help safeguard you as you drive, making Tiguan capable of traversing terrain and weather both diverse and adverse.

We might have to await the new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, but you don't have to wait to see what it's like behind the wheel of the eponymous 2017 road warrior. Stop by our Myrtle Beach, SC dealership from North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Garden City, Charleston, Wilmington, NC or The Grand Strand, and we'll be happy to set you up for a test drive!

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