What are they? Looking to squeeze a little more profit out of its SUVs, Volkswagen is introducing new R-line versions of both the small Tiguan and the midsized Touareg.
Slotted in above the current top-of-the-line Executive trim, the R-lines add special wheels (19-inchers on the Tiguan, same as the SEL, and 20-inches on the Touareg, as with the Executive), a sport suspension, chrome sill plates with the R-line logo, side skirts, various exterior and interior trim details, and, on the Tiguan, a spoiler on the top of the tailgate.
What is new or notable? Although a lower-level model, the Tiguan R-Line actually adds in more features than the Touareg’s R-Line treatment. The most significant is a 400-watt, 10-channel Fender audio system, but its R-Line package also includes paddle shifters for the automatic transmission and a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel with paddle shifters. The package is available with both front- and all-wheel-drive Tiguans.
The Touareg’s R-Line package is available with both the 3.6-liter V6 and 3.0-liter diesel engines.
CR’s take: While both the Tiguan and the Touareg are nice SUV’s to drive, we can’t think of many better ways to spend too much on an SUV. Lower trim lines on these models are nicer in
some ways than the existing top trims.
When will they be available? Fall 2013