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by George Skentzos

An aggressive new model is set to join the Tiguan range with the introduction of the new R Line spec variant which adds new exterior highlights and enhanced interior comforts.

Designed and produced by Volkswagen Individual, a special engineering wing of Volkswagen responsible for the Passat R36 and Touareg R50, the new Tiguan R Line offers a significant visual overhaul over the standard model but unfortunately no improvement in performance.

Its new look is achieved by a new body-coloured front splitter which sits below the front bumper along with a unique matt chrome grille section together with blistered wheels arches which frame new R Line 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 255/40 tyres.

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Subtle body-colour sill extensions complete with matt chrome highlights flow onto the new rear bumper with small diffuser, with the look completed by a small spoiler which sits at the top of the rear window.

Inside the Tiguan R Line features a new flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel plus a set of contoured sports seats complete with ‘R’ logos and aluminium R Line pedals and trim.

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Advanced 2Zone climate control is also fitted as standard in addition to the range of standard equipment fitted to the Sport model including four airbags, automatic lights, front fog lights, rain sensors and sports suspension.

The new R Line model is available fitted with a range of efficient 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel engines in 103kW and 125kW outputs as well as a 2.0-litre TSI engine developing 147kW.




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