Volkswagen Tiguan R Under Consideration For US, Hybrid Not Happening
When the Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 goes on sale in the United States next year, buyers will have only one engine option to choose from at launch: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 184 horsepower horses (137 kilowatts). But when the updated SUV goes on sale in Europe in a few weeks, these buyers will have the choice between the basic Tiguan mentioned, the sporty Tiguan R of 315 hp (234 kW) or the rechargeable hybrid of 241 hp (180 kW). And if we are lucky, one of these options could travel to the United States in the future.
Volkswagen’s executive vice president of product marketing Hein Schafer told us in an interview that the Tiguan R is still being researched for the US market. And since the Tiguan does not arrive in the United States until later in 2021, the company still has plenty of time to decide whether a successful version of the crossover makes sense. Regarding the Tiguan plug-in hybrid – or even a traditional Tiguan hybrid – neither is likely to travel to the United States.
“I think our group hybrid technology is very good and very solid,” notes Schafer, “but it is not affordable. Looking at how much we would invest and how much we would sell [in the US]… This business case just doesn’t make sense. No plan for a plug-in hybrid or a normal hybrid. “
Even if the Tiguan R does not come from the United States, the standard Tiguan still looks very attractive. Available in four different trim levels – S, SE, SE R-Line and SEL R-Line – the Tiguan offers new standard features like a digital dashboard and standard LED headlights, and options like a dashboard 10.0 inch digital display and a suite of active safety equipment.
We will know more about the VW Tiguan 2022 closer to its sale date sometime next year.