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Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI R-Line Edition: Pricing and specs revealed

Volkswagen has announced its cheapest R-Line SUV to date, with the Tiguan 132TSI R-Line Edition giving the brand's Comfortline trim a performance-focused makeover.

Priced at $46,990 ($3840 more than the five-seat Comfortline on which it's based) the 132TSI R-Line gets two-tone "Race Cloth" upholstery inside, and adds 19-inch Sebring alloys and tinted windows outside.

The interior tech has been overhauled, too, with the brand's second-generation Active Info display and Driver Assistance Package arriving as standard, adding adaptive cruise, side assist, rear cross-traffic alert and traffic jam assist (a semi-autonomous function for use in slow-moving traffic).

Under the bonnet lives the brand's 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, good for 132kW and 320Nm, which pairs with a seven-speed DSG automatic and sends its power to all four wheels.

“The single best selling variant of the Tiguan, either in five-seat or seven-seat Allspace guise, remains the top-specification 162TSI,” says Volkswagen Director of Customer Experience and Marketing, Jason Bradshaw.

“Some 80 per cent of 162TSI customers choose the optional R-Line package. Customers told us that they wanted this option for the 132TSI. We listened. Here it is.”

One thousand Tiguan 132TSI R-Line Editions are being built, and are available to order now.

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