Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line shapes up

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R Line shapes up   Just don't expect any performance upgrades. This snazzy package is all about looks.          

The interior, while it is on the conservative side, is neat and well-crafted. Altogether, the ergonomics of the cockpit and front passenger seat are excellent.

Volkswagen of America adds some pizzazz to its recently launched Tiguan CUV, rolling out a sporty R-Line version of the model at the auto show here. 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 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line has a spicy look, but it's not matched by any additional underhood or suspension muscle. Wheel arches are highlighted by body-color extensions and there is a choice of 19- or 20-inch wheels.

No, the performance-inspired R-Line Package doesn't add any actual performance to the Tiguan's 184-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter TSIĀ® engine, it's just for looks.

Available for Tiguan SEL and SEL Premium trims, the R-Line package includes 19-inch Trenton aluminum-alloy wheels (SEL) or 20-inch Braselton aluminum-alloy rims (SEL Premium).

Inside, the Tiguan R-Line is littered with badging but also gains a black headliner, aluminum pedals, and stainless steel door sills.

Inside, Tiguan R-Line models feature the R-Line logo on the start screen of VW's Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II). The R-Line package on SEL trims has a MSRP of $1,795, and includes front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot). It's also only available for the top-of-the-line Tiguan SEL and SEL Premium trims for $1,795 and $1,495 respectively.

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



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