A test mule for the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan R has been spotted by our spies ahead of its release later this year
A near uncamouflaged prototype of the new Volkswagen Tiguan R has been snapped undergoing assessment. The German firm’s new performance SUV is set to use the same platform and running gear as the recently-released Cupra Ateca.
Volkswagen’s new Tiguan R will be powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as its Cupra-badged sibling, likely producing the same 296bhp and 400Nm of torque. Like the Ateca, it will feed its power through a seven-speed DSG to all four wheels, allowing a 0–62mph time of around six seconds.
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The spied test mule has been given the same treatment as the sporty looking R-Line version of the SUV. It uses that model line’s front bumper, rear valance, and large rear spoiler, with the only visual difference a pair of twin-exit exhaust tips. It’s uncertain if the final version of the car will use this bodykit, or if Volkswagen is planning an even sportier look.
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Adaptive suspension, uprated performance brakes and a choice of alloy wheels will also likely feature, along with a sophisticated traction control system.
Inside, expect a comparable level of equipment to a well-specced Tiguan R-Line, with a pair of leather-trimmed sports seats, a sports steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a digital instrument cluster, an eight-inch infotainment screen and a premium audio system all coming as standard. Potential optional extras will include a tow-bar and three-zone climate control.
Volkswagen has steadily been expanding its performance SUV line-up, with this new Tiguan R following the recently-announced T-Roc R into the showrooms. The German firm’s baby performance SUV was unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, and a similar interior specification.
The new Tiguan R looks almost certain to be revealed in 2019. As such, a debut at or before the Frankfurt Motor Show in September seems likely.
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