German carmaker Volkswagen is now offering a new trim level to its Tiguan compact sports utility vehicle line-up, the R-Line. This trim level was one of the most popular models among the first generations of the Tiguan compact SUV, as the R-Line accounted for almost 20 percent of the total sales. With the return of the Tiguan R-Line, VW expects the vehicle to account for around a quarter of the total sales of the Tiguan.
New Tiguan R-Line is based on the SE trim level, with the addition of bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch ‘Mallory’ alloy wheels painted in Sterling Silver with black wheelarch extensions and body-colored unique front and rear ‘R’ design bumpers and rear spoiler. The latest Tiguan model also bears an R-Line logo on the front grille and aluminium front door sills.
This theme is carried over into the interior of the Tiguan R-Line, accentuated with front sport seats, two-tone upholstery and an R-Line logo on the front head restraints. The vehicle also sports stainless steel pedals and a leather multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inlay and R-Line logo. The Tiguan R-Line is available in three powerful engine choices: a 2.0-litre TSI with 210 PS and 4MOTION four-wheel drive, and the 2.0-litre common rail TDI engine with either 140 or 170 PS and 4MOTION.
The engines are paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission. All models boast of carbon dioxide under 200 g/km. The Tiguan R-Line powered by the petrol engine emits 199 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
Tiguan R-Lines powered by the 140-PS and 170-PS diesel engine emit 150 grams and 158 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer respectively. The petrol model has a starting price of £28,435, while a buyer needs to add just £680 premium to acquire the 170 PS diesel model. Interested buyers could now order the Tiguan R-Line through Volkswagen Retailers. Deliveries start in January 2013.
As the most celebrated car in its category, the Volkswagen Tiguan has sold almost 700,000 units in five continents since it was launched in the autumn of 2007. Its impressive economy and great technical properties were the primary factors why this SUV undoubtedly became an international success. The Volkswagen likewise got great marks for its classic yet unique and appealing design. Nevertheless, Volkswagen continued to improve Tiguan’s lineup which always features four-door cars. More specifically, the anterior and posterior sections were designed differently to represent Volkswagen’s innovative design blueprint.
Compared to the former models, the modern Volkswagen Tiguan is marketed in two build versions, each constructed with various angles of approach. The classic version of the Tiguan has an 18-degree angle and was ideal for city adventures and packed with capabilities of a towing truck. The other version with a bigger angle of 28 degrees is great for those who take their Volkswagen to the extreme limits.
Due to the differences in its front ends, Tiguan’s two variations have distinct lengths. The one with an angle of 18 degrees is 4,426mm long while its 28-degree sibling is longer at 4,433mm. However, the two share the same measurements in height (if with roof rails, 1,703mm; if without, 1,686mm), width (if measured with door mirrors, 2,041mm; if without, 1,809mm), track widths (the front track width is 1,569mm and 1,571mm on its rear) and wheelbases (both cars’ wheelbases are at 2,604mm).