In the case of the Tiguan, Volkswagen’s medium SUV will introduce a new Sportline variant, designed to slot into the range between the existing Comfortline and Highline models, powered by the same 162TSI engine as the Highline.
In Sportline trim, the Tiguan will sit on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, but won't be offered with the R-Line styling package that can be added to the Highline. Adaptive Chassis Control will also be included as standard as will cloth sports seats, and the same styling package as the Highline, including dual trapezoidal exhaust outlets.
The Sportline will also introduce the first instance of Volkswagen’s level 2 autonomous safety systems including side assist, traffic jam assist, and pedestrian detection for the front assist emergency brake system. Later, other 2018 model year Tiguans will also adopt the upgraded safety tech.
Set to arrive in November, the Tiguan Sportline 162TSI will be priced from $45,990 plus on-road costs with the same 162kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and seven-speed DSG automatic as the Tiguan Highline. The initial allocation will be limited to 600 units, with a view to adding the model as a full time member of the range should it prove successful.
At the larger end of the scale, Volkswagen has a special edition of the Touareg 150TDI on the way, dubbed the Touareg Monochrome, It is designed to farewell the large SUV as it prepares to wrap up production ahead of an all-new model scheduled for next year.
As the name suggests, the Monochrome package means a limited colour range, with a choice of black, grey, or white exterior finishes, complemented by a two-tone interior treatment.
Standard features will include 19-inch alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, and Front Assist with City Emergency Brake.
Just 350 Monochrome editions will make their way to Australia, powered by the Touareg’s 150kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6, paired with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive as standard with a price of $74,990 plus on-road costs.