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Volkswagen launches hot new Tiguan R along with eHybrid PHEV engine

Facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan in a nutshell:

  • New Tiguan now also available with plug-in hybrid: Tiguan eHybrid can reach speeds of up to 130 km/h fully electrically and thus generates zero local emissions.
  • New R model: Volkswagen R has developed the most dynamic Tiguan since the debut of the product line – the Tiguan R.
  • New all-wheel drive: 4MOTION system with selective wheel torque control lends the Tiguan R a new level of SUV driving dynamics.
  • New infotainment systems: third-generation modular infotainment matrix2 (MIB3) offers the best possible online connectivity for the Tiguan.

Prepare to be well and truly torn with the release of Volkswagen’s new Tiguan.

Because while the SUV now comes as a plug-in eHybrid for the first time ever, the Tiguan has also been given the performance ‘R’ treatment.

And with 316bhp and 310lb ft of torque available in hot R form - thanks to a turbo-charged 2.0 litre engine that also features in the new Arteon R - it could well be a case of heart ruling the head when it comes to making your choice.

Whichever Tiguan you plump for, you know you’ll be in good hands - and good company.

The Tiguan is Europe’s most successful SUV and one of the top-selling SUVs in the world, with more than six million units produced to date.

With the new eHybrid variant, VW wants the Tiguan to be at the forefront of the automotive industry’s ‘modern era’.

Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, commented: “We launched our global SUV strategy with the second-generation Tiguan in 2016.

“It served as the basis for many successful models worldwide. Volkswagen is now taking the next step by electrifying, digitalising and networking the new Tiguan. This will equip the compact SUV to handle the challenges of the modern era.”

The hybrid Tiguan featured a 2.0 TDI engine married to a 110 kW motor. The TDI, VW says, has among the cleanest combustion engines in the world thanks to a ‘twin dosing’ system, which minimises the nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gas.

You also get VW’s 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system as well as an automatic direct-shift gearbox (DSG) for those rapid and seamless shifts.

Inside the Tiguan, the new incarnation is bristling with tech - particularly when it comes to a new range of online-based services for ultimate connectivity.

On the outside there’s a redesigned front end, with a new radiator grille which brings the Tiguan more inline, stylistically speaking, with the larger VW Touareg.

And if you’re still not sold on electric power, there’s always the top-of-the-range ‘R’ version… which features new ‘R-Performance Torque Vectoring’, which keeps you rubber side down by distributing the drive power variably between the front and rear axles as well as the left and right rear wheels.

As a VW spokesperson sums up: “Like its predecessors, the new Tiguan is versatile.

“It is a genuine SUV capable of towing loads - a Volkswagen that can handle every motoring situation with aplomb.”

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