Volkswagen may be planning three new Tiguan models

More compact SUVs might be in the pipeline as Volkswagen continues with its pitch to become the world’s largest automaker.

Currently, the Tiguan occupies that spot in Volkswagen’s lineup, and while it’s an underrated CUV in its own right, it’s beginning to show its age. According to a new report (hat tip to AutoGuide for an English version), we could see a new Tiguan debut later this year. It will be longer than the current model and, at least here in North America, priced in line with the competition.

The report also suggests the Tiguan could receive two additional variants. The first, likely to be called the Tiguan XL, will be aimed at bridging the gap between the current Tiguan and the Touareg. Based off the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept we saw last year, the Tiguan XL will feature a third row of seating and will be longer than both the standard Tiguan and Touareg.

In addition to the Tiguan XL, Volkswagen is reportedly planning a niche Tiguan “Coupe”, adapting a sleeker design and similar formula to what BMW uses in its “crossover coupes”. As for the powertrain, it’s anyone’s guess given VW’s array of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, but the report specifically calls out a 1.4-litre turbo-four with cylinder deactivation, likely the one previewed in the Passat BlueMotion Concept  earlier this year.

If the rumours hold true, we could see the Tiguan Coupe and XL debut sometime around 2016.

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