It was briefly considered, but eventually VW decided against a more aggressive high-performance versionn of the German SUV.
Despite initial rumors stating that the Golf R might lend its engine to the new Tiguan for an R-badged version, CarAdvice cites company insiders denying that a range-topper model with the 2.0-liter four-pot mill producing 296 PS (292 HP) and 380 Nm (280 pound-feet) of torque, is out of the question.
What this means is that those interested in the German SUV will have to settle for the R-Line edition, for a sportier look, which features 19-inch standard or 20-inch optional wheels, different bumpers, two-tone roof spoiler, body colored trims and sport seats.
Sitting at the top of the range are the TSI 220 petrol, with 220 PS (217 HP), and TDI 240 diesel, which uses a 2.0-liter biturbo unit, producing 240 PS (237 HP). These are joined by the TSI 180, TSI 150 and TSI 125, along with the TDI 190, TDI 150 and TDI 115. Volkswagen offers the new Tiguan in both front- and all-wheel drive, with the latter available on more powerful engines. So, an R much sense anyway.
The automaker has already opened the order books for the Tiguan in Europe, where the base model carries a starting price of €25,795 ($29,380) in Germany.