The crossover will have an aggressive look to match its 333-hp output.
A couple of days ago, we caught a few glimpses of the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan R - a performance variant of the popular crossover - undergoing testing. It would join other performance VWs like the well-known Golf R. We also spotted uncamouflaged spy photos of the standard Tiguan's facelift, confirming that the revised SUV will feature a new grille and headlights.
But most will be interested in what the powerful R model will look like. Now, thanks to renderings from Kolesa.ru, we have a clearer idea of that. Like the all-new Golf 8, the Tiguan R is shown here with similar headlights with a top section that stretches into the front fenders.
These slimmer headlamps and a different grille make for a much sportier and less staid appearance than before. In fact, those headlamp clusters may even work better on these Tiguan R renderings than they do on the new Golf GTI, which was just revealed (so far, responses to the hot hatch have been rather frosty on social media...).
The renderings also show off a front bumper with sizable air intakes, along with a chrome strip running across the width of the front-end design. The quad exhaust outlets are bolder than the current Tiguan R Line's dual-pipe design, but it works well. Overall, it's definitely got more attitude than the current Tiguan, as well as the renderings of the non-R model pictured below.
The Tiguan R is likely to use the upcoming Golf R's 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, a dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive. Based on a recently leaked document, the turbo mill will produce 333 horsepower, far exceeding the current Tiguan's meager 184 hp.
Together with bolder looks, a high-quality cabin, and the ability to seat seven, could this crossover become the most appealing R-badged Volkswagen, or will the venerable Golf GTI/R twins still find favor with VW enthusiasts when they're launched? Time will tell, but we can't wait to see the final version of VW's hot SUV.