VW has announced that by the end of 2022, its South African SUV line-up will consist of seven models.
This year will see the introduction of the all-new Taigo – VW’s first SUV Coupe in the A0 segment – in the second quarter, as well as the introduction of the high-performance Tiguan R in the third quarter.
The new Tiguan Allspace will also be launched locally in 2022, replacing the previous-generation model that is currently being sold.
VW Taigo features
VW said the new Taigo SUV will set “high technology standards in its class” by offering full LED headlights, a digital instrument cluster, numerous driver assistance systems, and the latest infotainment system available.
The company’s popular tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof will also be on offer, it said.
Additionally, the automaker has confirmed the entire Taigo line-up in South Africa will be powered by a 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine generating 85kW – paired to an automatic transmission.
VW Tiguan R
While VW South Africa has confirmed the new Tiguan R will be on offer in the country, it has said little beyond this.
To get a better idea of what to expect from the high-performance Tiguan, we looked at its European spec sheet.
In Germany, the new Tiguan R sits at the top of the Tiguan line-up and is powered by a 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine.
The unit generates a substantial 235kW and 420Nm, allowing the VW to sprint to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds and reach a 250km/h top speed.
A seven-speed automatic transmission then delivers power through a redeveloped 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, with variable torque vectoring.
Compared to the standard Tiguan, the Tiguan R stands out with its R-Design bumpers, matte chrome mirror covers, high-gloss black highlights, black wheel arch extensions, and 20-inch Misano alloy wheels.
Inside, it gets premium sports seats with integrated head restraints, a digital instrument cluster with built-in lap timers, heaps of R logos, and R-specific decorative trims.