Volkswagen Australia has announced a limited-edition version of its popular mid-sized SUV, the Tiguan 132TSI R-Line, on sale now from $46,990 plus on-road costs.
It's the first time the sporty R-Line package has been available on a grade lower than top-spec Highline – this new variant is based on the five-seat 132TSI Comfortline – and Volkswagen says it's the most affordable R-Line SUV to date.
Headlining the spec sheet are 19-inch 'Sebring' alloy wheels, a sporty R-Line bodykit, tinted windows, two-tone 'Race' cloth upholstery, and the usually-optional Driver Assistance Package which incorporates adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, blind-spot assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and Emergency Assist.
The limited edition Tiguan (just 1000 units offered nationally) also debuts the second-generation Active Info Display for the nameplate Down Under, which is a new, smaller 10.2-inch display offering more customisation and new interface designs.
Carryover features from the model on which it's based are dynamic LED headlights, keyless entry with push-button start, electric folding side mirrors, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Assist, Park Assist, a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, an 8.0-inch navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three-zone climate control, and an electric tailgate.
Power comes from the same 132kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the standard Tiguan 132TSI (hence the naming), which drives all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG automatic and the company's 4Motion all-wheel drive system.
Two options are available for the 132TSI R-Line, being metallic or pearlescent paint ($700), along with a panoramic sunroof ($2000).
Volkswagen Australia's director for customer experience and marketing, Jason Bradshaw, said the decision to bring the additional R-Line variant comes from the sport pack's overwhelming popularity with local buyers.
"The single best selling variant of the Tiguan, either in five seat or seven-seat Allspace guise, remains the top-specification 162TSI," he said.
"Some 80 per cent of 162 TSI customers choose the optional R-Line package."
"Customers told us that they wanted this option for the 132TSI. We listened. Here it is," he added.
In addition to the announcement of the 132TSI R-Line, the company's local division has indicated it's expecting the sub-$40,000 110TSI versions of both the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace to be available in Australia later this year, following continued production delays caused by the WLTP testing regime in Europe.
Currently, the MY19.5 Tiguan range opens with the five-seat 132TSI Comfortline at $43,150 plus ORCs, well up on the $31,990 110TSI Trendline manual that opened the range back in 2017.
Last month Volkswagen registered 834 Tiguan and 445 Tiguan Allspaces, making for a total of 1279 units. The five-seat model was down 12.8% in a declining market, though the Allspace is adding new volume given it only launched mid-way through last year.
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