We initially covered the Volkswagen Tiguan R Line way back in December 2007 (when we were but pups), but it looks like the sporty and sleek Tiguan variant is finally ready to join the line-up.
The Tiguan R Line, unlike its R36 and R50 siblings (and the Golf V R32), is all about style rather than power.
The Tiguan R Line features sportier styling befitting the R badge, including a colour-coded splitter along the bottom of the front bumper, and a satin chrome grille.
Sizeable 19-inch R Line alloy rims shod with 255/40 rubber sit beneath blistered guards, while colour-coded sill extensions and a subtle diffuser features on the rear bumper. The rear styling is topped by a roof-mounted lip spoiler.
The interior gets a new sportier R-emblazoned flat-bottomed tiller with steering-mounted controls, and new seats with subtle raised bolstering to keep driver and passenger securely in place.
The VW Tiguan R Line is available with either a 104kW (140hp) or 126kW (170hp) 2.0 litre common-rail TDI engine, or the range-topping 149kW (200hp) TSI petrol mill.
Expected to land in the UK in June, the Tiguan R Line starts at ?24,635 for the 2.0 litre 104kW TDI, up to ?26,305 for the TSI.
There?s no official word from Volkswagen Australia on when we should expect to see it on Aussie shores. Still, if you?re considering the Tiguan and have a little extra dosh to put towards it, it might just be worth waiting a little longer?
In the mean time, check out Tony?s review of the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 103 TDI.