The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan has been teased in a sole photograph prior to its Frankfurt debut next week. In said shot, posted on Volkswagen Germany’s Facebook page, the second-generation compact crossover was masked behind a massive sheet of fabric as it sat at the end of the Wolfsburg assembly line.

Not much else has been revealed by the German carmaker, unfortunately – the accompanying caption states that the first production-spec Tiguan has rolled off the line in time for Frankfurt. On the bright side, we do know quite a fair bit about the new Tiguan already including the fact that it will most definitely be larger than the outgoing PQ35 platform-based model.

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan will be based on the brand’s MQB platform, which should allow it to shed a significant amount of weight – sources are quoting a drop of around 100 kg. In terms of styling, expect the new Tiguan to closely resemble the Volkswagen Touareg as well as adopt a number of cues from the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept.


Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept.

Under the bonnet, a range of TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines are expected to power the next-generation Tiguan. The range will likely kick off with a 2.0 litre TDI oil burner and a 1.8 litre TSI petrol mill – a ‘R’ variant with close to 300 hp could arrive in the near future along with a petrol-hybrid GTE model.

Another big change from the outgoing generation will be the inclusion of a third row of seats, effectively turning the new Tiguan into a seven-seater. Said seven-seater variant will be built at the company’s facility in Mexico, with units destined for the North and South American market as well as the rest of the world, except Europe and China – no word on RHD versions, though.

GALLERY: 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan spyshots

GALLERY: Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept