New 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan R on the way with 296bhp

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.

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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