Volkswagen will replace the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace with the Tayron, a new version of a Chinese market SUV, according to overseas reports.
On the back of reports from Autocar India the Tayron is going global, and will be the successor to the Tiguan Allspace, a Volkswagen USA spokesperson confirmed to Carscoops that it will head to the USA.
In most global markets, the seven-seat SUV will reportedly be named Tayron, but in the USA it will retain Tiguan badging due to its existing popularity.
Where the Allspace is a seven-seat version of the Tiguan in most markets, it’s sold in the USA as a five seater.
Volkswagen has confirmed in interviews with European media the Tayron will be offered globally with a choice of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines. Both engines will reportedly be turbocharged and feature 48V mild-hybrid assistance.
It’s reported the 2.0-litre engines will be offered with a choice of either all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, mated in both cases to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In addition to the mild-hybrid powertrains, Volkswagen will reportedly also offer two plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants – although these are unlikely for the Australian market.
The PHEV drivetrains will reportedly consist of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a 19.7kWh battery pack, and they will be offered in two states of tune.
The most powerful PHEV will reportedly produce around 200kW of power, while the lower output will make roughly 150kW. Both will drive the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The current Tayron SUV is available exclusively in China, in both wagon and coupe body styles. The Tayron reportedly sits on a 2731mm wheelbase, which is slightly shorter than the current Allspace.
However, the next Tayron is reportedly set to grow. It will sit on the same MQB-Evo platform as the new, five-seat only Tiguan – albeit a long wheelbase version.
In order to export the Tayron globally however, production will reportedly shift to Germany from China. The current Tiguan Allspace is built in Mexico, unlike the current German-made five-seat Tiguan.
It’s expected to reach production in 2024, with the next Skoda Kodiaq SUV also sitting on the same long wheelbase MQB-Evo platform.