The second generation Tiguan was unveiled at the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt, it is built on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform. Aside to Wolfsburg for its main production, the production of the second generation model was expanded to Puebla and Kaluga. It is available in two wheelbase variants: a short-wheelbase version with available seating up to five passengers and a long-wheelbase version with third-row seats, which it seats up to seven passengers.
In some markets where the Tiguan is sold in both SWB and LWB variants, the LWB Tiguan is sold as the Tiguan Allspace.
The second generation Tiguan was first announced for the Australian market in October 2015, about one month after its debut in IAA. Pricing and specifications were made available in July 2016, with the local press releasing details to the market. Sales of the Tiguan in Australia started in September 2016. At launch, it was initially offered in three trim levels: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The R-Line Package is also offered and it is only available on the Highline models. The Sportline trim was later added to the Australian lineup in December 2017. The LWB Tiguan Allspace was announced for Australia in April 2018, with the pricing and specifications were later revealed in June 2018. The Tiguan Allspace went on sale in Australia in July 2018 and it is available in two trim levels: Comfortline and Highline. Like the SWB model, the R-Line Package is also offered for the LWB model. The Trendline model on the SWB Tiguan was discontinued in August 2018.
The second generation Tiguan was unveiled for the North American market at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, with sales starting in summer 2017 for the 2018 model year. Only the LWB variant is available there. At launch, it is offered in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium. The R-Line Package was later become available for the SEL and SEL Premium models in early 2018, it was showcased at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. In the US market, it is available in front-wheel drive or Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system, with third-row seats are standard on front-wheel drive models and optional on all-wheel drive models. Only one engine choice available for the US-spec Tiguan, a 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder gasoline engine, mated with an eight-speed Torque Converter automatic transmission.