Volkswagen Tiguan R revealed as flagship of new-look range

Daniel Fowler
July 2, 2020

Volkswagen's SUV lineup is constantly expanding across the globe over the last two years and the brand has been introducing regular updates as well. VW has also changed up its badging for the R-Line to be consistent with the new R badging it's already revealed.

With the facelift, Volkswagen has added two new colour schemes namely Oryx White and Kings Red. The rest of the world, however, will get the updated Tiguan in late 2021. An 8-inch display comes standard, and top trim models will receive a 10.25-inch display. R-Line versions get C-shaped chrome surrounds, and different designs for its wheels that range up to 20 inches.

At the rear, the "Tiguan" lettering is now in a conspicuous central position below the VW badge. The Tiguan comes with an option for an all-new 15-color ambient lighting system as well as new decors for every trim level.

The engine is mated to an all-wheel-drive system which is able to split torque between the axles and between the rear wheels. One thing that doesn't change: the 480-watt Fender Premium Audio System as standard equipment on the upper models.

There are fewer decisions to make, if you're looking for the glass-half-full version, when it comes to the heartbeat of the new Tiguan. The current model Tiguan being offered by Volkswagen Philippines is the previous-generation longer wheelbase model.

Don't hold your breath for a hybrid or sporty version of the Tiguan for now.

2021 Tiguan Facelift-13

In terms of engines, the United States market will get an EA888 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit that makes 186 PS (184 hp) and 300 Nm of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All Tiguan models are equipped with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, and Start/Stop system, created to help improve fuel efficiency.

Automatic emergency braking is standard on all Tiguans, and VW offers a driver-assistance system that can brake, accelerate, and steer the crossover at speeds up to 130 miles per hour with the driver's hands on the wheel.

To keep occupants safe, Volkswagen's Travel Assist safety suite is now offered on the Tiguan as well.

The system uses including radar cruise control and lane keeping assistance technology. Touch detection is a great deal more reliable than steering angle-based systems even on long and very flat stretches of road.

The latest generation of adaptive cruise control (ACC), available on top trims, proactively takes into account local speed limit information, town boundary signs, junctions and roundabouts. The R version should get the 2.0-litre petrol with around 300PS while the plug-in hybrid should pair a 1.4-litre petrol motor with a 13 kWh battery pack for a combined output of around 200PS.

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