Volkswagen has alot riding on the recently launched 2018 Tiguan CUV, and has introduced a sportier R-Line trim level to help add some spice to the venerable Tiguan for the new model year.
The first immediate item that strikes the eye is how heavily inspired it is by the GTI hatchback. The front bumper is newly redesigned for this trim, and features exaggerated air intakes, more gloss black accents, and slightly tweaked headlights. The equally unique rear bumper features a gloss black diffuser that should help add even more street presence, which should compensate for the minimal effect it will probably have on actual performance numbers. Bigger wheels and fender extensions round out the package, and they help make the Tiguan appear lower and wider than it really is.
The interior checks all the typical Tiguan boxes, but it will be impossible for buyers to not know that they are in an R-Line model. This is due to the numerous R-Line logos sprinkled through out the cabin, as well as the stainless steel door plates, metal pedal covers, and trim exclusive black headliner. Performance hardware remains unchanged, which means the standard 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and its 184 horsepower is still present and accounted for.
Buyers looking to add this trim to their Tiguan purchase will have to shell out an extra $1,795 to add the package to SEL grade models. SEL Premium owners actually see a slight discount, and only have to pay $1,495 for the package due to that model already incorporating the ParkPilot system. Look for the R-Line Tiguan to make its debut at the 2017 L.A Auto Show, with the first units being shipped to dealers shortly afterwards.