A fresh report out of Australia suggests the long-awaited Volkswagen Tiguan R will launch only in 2021, some time after the standard version of the SUV has been facelifted.
According to motoring.com.au, the high-performance Tiguan R won’t arrive with the expected facelift in 2020, but will instead join the range the following year. However, VW does reportedly plan to show off a concept previewing the Tiguan R at some point in 2020.
Citing a “senior Volkswagen source”, the Australian publication said the Tiguan R would draw its urge from an uprated version of the firm’s familiar turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (likely borrowed from the Golf R), sending drive to all four corners thanks to the firm's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
The report furthermore claimed a manual gearbox would not be offered, with a seven-speed dual-clutch arrangement set to be the only transmission available.
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