Vw Tiguan now available with the R-Line package

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 4, 2011

The latest variant of the most successful SUV in the German market, the Tiguan, is now available with R-Line features. Volkswagen R GmbH is providing exterior and interior packs for the Tiguan under the sporty "R-Line" badge. The R-Line packs were created for the dynamic "Sport & Style" equipment variant. In the R-Line "exterior" pack, the distinctive features are the bumpers sculpted in R-Design and painted in body colour. Their appearance is tuned to body-coloured side sills with an R-Line roof edge spoiler and "Matt chrome" inserts.

A black textured rear diffuser, another R-Line logo on the radiator grille and aluminium door sill plates with R-Line logo are also included in the pack. The exterior pack has newly designed 19-inch "Mallory" alloy wheels in "Sterling silver" with 255/40 tires.

This pack costs 2,460 euros. When it comes to colours, the R-Line exterior pack could be combined with the Tiguan body colours Candy white, Reflex silver metallic, Deep Black pearl effect, Night blue metallic and Pepper grey metallic. Meanwhile, the R-Line interior pack is obtainable as an extension pack.

For this pack, features of the Tiguan are supplemented by front sport seats, Kyalami style seat covers for front and back with lateral supports in San Remo microfibre fabric, a multifunction steering wheel with aluminum accents and R-Line badge, and head restraints with integrated R-Line logo. Additional components for the interior pack include a Titan black roofliner and pedals with stainless steel caps.

This pack's price begins at 840 euros. Optional features include a Vienna leather upholstery worth 2,120 euros. It is also available in Titan black. Even without the exterior or interior pack, any Tiguan may be ordered with an R-Design rear spoiler that costs 150 euros and a Titan black roofliner worth 180 euros as separate options.

That the Tiguan is an all-around car is without question. This is true for the whole model which includes, among others, the spacious and multivariable interior and the powertrain properties. The best description would be that the Tiguan has an interior similar to that of a SUV but with the variability seen in a van. Take the bench seat in the rear for example.

It allows for a 60:40 split ratio and can even be adjusted in a longitudinal direction for up to 16 cm. Since the seatback allows for variable tilt adjustment settings, it can offer more legroom for the rear passengers or extra space for its cargo area. There is however the option to have the double cargo floor which comes with the cargo management system.

For the Tiguan Sport&Style and the Tiguan Track&Field, both will have as standard the front passenger seats having the ability to be folded and thus allowing long objects to be stowed in the Tiguan.

Seating position is no issue and passengers in the front and in the rear can be comfortable even on long trips. This is because the rear passenger seating, much like those in a movie theatre, is positioned higher and thus makes sitting in it more relaxed. Equipped in the Tiguan are two 6-speed gearboxes and the full-time 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

The AWD is a good feature especially when driving off-road but the intelligent AWD is also good for driving on paved roads as it enhances active safety. For the Tiguan meanwhile, it utilizes the newest 4MOTION all-wheel drive which can be shifted using manual transmission or the 6-speed automatic transmission, offered as an option. No matter what transmission is used, it can meet the demands of off-road driving.

Under the manual transmission, it allows the engine to be driven at 6.69 km/h or around 1,000 rpm. This is almost the same as the crawler gear of a reduction gearbox. Using the automatic transmission, the gear levels are preselected and when driving off-road, does not allow shifting to the next higher gear. What makes the Tiguan unique though is that it is the first ever SUV to exclusively have charged engines.

The advantage of having this type of engine is that it offers more power yet both fuel consumption and emissions remain low. For the gas-engine version, three direction injection TSI engine will be offered which will have turbocharging or even turbocharging with supercharging.

These engines deliver output at 110 kW (150 PS), 125 kW (170 PS), and 147 kW (200 PS). The diesel variant meanwhile has been wholly redeveloped and is less noisy compared to the common rail 4-cylinder engines. The outputs of the two TDIs are 103 kW (140 PS) and 125 kW (170 PS), both also managing to more than meet Euro-5 emissions standard.

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