Criticism by U.S. dealers of the Tiguan, described as being too expensive and too small to have much of an influence in the highly lucrative North American market, has prompted VW to consider plans to extend its existing four-wheel drive line-up.; The new model, said to go on sale sometime in 2011, is anticipated to be a mid-size seven-seater sized between the Tiguan (pictured above) and the Touareg. Sources indicate the next-generation Touareg will grow in size and leave a little more room for a mid-size SUV in the lineup.
Rivaling Volvo’s recently introduced XC60, VW’s new model will be built on a modified version of the upcoming Passat platform, known internally as PQ47, as opposed to sharing Audi’s Q5 platform.; In doing so, the new model will receive a space saving transverse engine arrangement instead of the Q5’s longitudinal layout; thus allowing for the possible introduction of Skoda and Seat variants of the SUV. In addition, the new model is set to share a significant amount of its mechanical package with the upcoming Golf, which is expected to debut this September at the Paris Motor Show.