Volkswagen Australia managing director John White told CarAdvice that the popular Tiguan compact SUV range will be adjusted in the fourth quarter of the year, with a focus on offering better value for money and more standard gear - the biggest addition being the potentially life-saving reverse-view camera, which was previously only available as an option on the top-end 155TSI model.
“You’re going to see us take some actions with Tiguan to make it more attractive,” White said. "We still have two more years to go with the current Tiguan.
“We’re going to reposition the car with more features in the line-up. So for instance you’re going to see us put in a rear camera, as an example, in the base car,” White confirmed. Other standard items for the update include a new touchscreen media system and reversing sensors.
“You’re going to see us realign pricing and positioning. We’re not going to talk today about to what extent we’re going to do that. But you’re going to see us take some of these actions to help drive us to get an even bigger share of that market,” he said - but didn't say whether that would mean pricing would go up or down.
The Tiguan has been confirmed to be the latest Australian recipient of Volkswagen’s R-Line styling package, in the wake of R-Line versions of the Beetle and Golf hatch launching here earlier this year.
The R-Line version of the Tiguan is expected to see the introduction of larger (19-inch) wheels, bi-xenon headlights, wheel-arch extensions, new-look front and rear bumpers, and R-Line logos on the grille and door-sills. Inside, the Tiguan R-Line gains sports seats with two-tone trim, R-Line embroidery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with R-Line badge, and stainless steel pedals.
It’s not yet clear whether the R-Line will form a part of the model range, or if it will instead be offered as a package, as is the case for the Golf and Beetle. No matter what the case is, expect it only to be available with the flagship 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 155kW and 280Nm.
White also confirmed an engine upgrade for the diesel version of the Tiguan.
“We’re going to replace the diesel offering with a higher-output diesel engine,” he said, with the most likely diesel to replace the current 103TDI (with 103kW/320Nm) being the 130TDI unit with 130kW. The new engine is a revised version of the diesel unit seen in the Passat. Fuel use for that engine may drop from the 103TDI’s claim of 6.2 litres per 100 kilometres.
No exterior cosmetic changes are expected for the mainstream models.
Stay tuned for detailed pricing and specifications for the updated 2015 Tiguan as details come to hand.