Lately, it has become a common thing for many sport utility vehicles to receive the more powerful variants and sportier design. So, according to the latest news, the VW Tiguan model won’t be an exception. This model firstly debuted in 2007, and since then it hasn’t changed much. So, we must admit that we were quiet surprised when we’ve heard the news about the production of the all new 2018 VW Tiguan R model.
This model will represent of high-performance version of Tiguan. It has been spotted during its first testing at the Nurburgring. Based on the spy shots, the new Tiguan R will feature sportier and aggressive design. As well, it is expected to carry the strongest unit in the lineup under its hood. Since the standard Tiguan is nicely equipped, we can expect the same for the R version. Furthermore, we still don’t know whether it will ride on the platform which underpins the current Tiguan or it will receive redesigned body. However, latest photos indicate that the new R should be based on the standard crossover platform.
The Tiguan R’s key rivals are expected to be Mercedes GL45 AMG and Audi RS Q3.
2018 VW Tiguan R engine and performance
All suggests that under the hood of the new 2018 VW Tiguan R will be placed the same engine which powers the VW Golf R model. It will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. This unit has the output of around 300 horses and 280 pound-feet of torque. However, the Tiguan R should be able to develop even more, at least 320 horses and the torque of 300 lb-ft. It could also receive a seven-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive configuration should be standard.
The R version will be quicker than the standard Tiguan. It is expected to hit 62 mph in around 5.5 seconds because of the reduced weight. Its top speed will be 155 mph.
Design of exterior and interior
Speaking of the exterior design, the 2018 VW Tiguan R could borrow some design cues from the Cross Coupe GTE Concept presented at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The whole body will look aggressive and will feature sportier lines. The front fascia will feature more aggressive bumper and larger air intakes. On the rear, there will be a sporty bumper with integrated exhaust pipes and more massive spoiler which will make it more aerodynamic. The wheels will receive sportier and unique design too.
When it comes to the interior of the 2018 VW Tiguan R, unfortunately, there is still no any official information. However, we assume that it should be similar to the standard Tiguan. This means that the R model will offer comfortable and nicely equipped cabin. However, we believe that the upcoming R could get even more safety features. All models come standard with 6.5-inch touchscreen with infotainment, a rearview camera, USB, audio system with six speakers, Bluetooth and so on. The higher trim will add larger 8-inch display, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, navigation, adaptive cruise control etc.
Release date and price
The 2018 VW Tiguan R should hit the market worldwide in the end of 2017. As for the pricing, we assume that it will start at around $45,000 and even more.