Published: Wed, November 29, 2017
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line shapes up

Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line shapes up

The seats feature more than thigh and lower-back bolstering for comfort. The package is available with either front-or all-wheel drive and VW says to expect 2018 Tiguan R-Line crossovers in showrooms in the US during the first quarter of 2018.

There are no actual performance upgrades to the Tiguan, however. The automaker says the new trim package enhances the SUV's "sportiness with interior and exterior design elements that give it an even more dynamic appearance". The Tiguan will show off its new look at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, fitting in well with the major focus on SUVs/crossovers this year. The R-Line also offers body color wheel-arch extensions and side skirts.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Gets R Line Body Kit in America
Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line shapes up

Available on the SEL and SEL Premium versions of Tiguan, the list of equipment is robust. SEL trim receives 19-inch "Trenton" aluminum-alloy wheels, while the SEL Premium trim gets 20-inch "Braselton" aluminum-alloy wheels. An R-Line graphic will pop up on the Tiguan's infotainment start-up screen to further remind drivers that they're in a zippier-looking compact crossover.

Powering the 2018 Tiguan R-Line is the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 184 horsepower and 221 lb. -ft. of torque.


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Inside is special R-Line badging on the steering wheel, stainless-steel pedal covers and stainless-steel door sills.

Initially, Volkswagen will make the new R-Line package available for the USA market beginning in Q1 of 2018.

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The R-Line package is expected to go on sale during the first quarter of 2018. For the extra money, buyers get front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot).

The 2018 Tiguan R-Line boasts plenty of unique badging on the outside and inside.


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