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Alex Rae | Aug, 03 2018 | 0 Comments

Volkswagen has cut its Tiguan SUV line-up down to just two existing models and an all-new range topper.

Coming from a six-strong model line-up, the range now consists of a petrol trio – the 132TSI Comfortline, 162TSI Highline and 162TSI Wolfsburg Edition.

Seeing a departure of front-wheel drive variants, all three models are all-wheel drive and powered by a 2.0-litre turbo engine producing 132kW and 162kW respectively through a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.

With over 50 per cent of sales accounting for the 162TSI Highline the diesel models have also been dropped, though the German brand says an entry-level 110TSI will return once the maker gets through new WLTP fuel testing standards required for all of its models.

The new flagship Wolfsburg Edition enters the line-up to cater for buyers already optioning the 162TSI Highline with the R-Line package.

“The 162TSI Highline already comprises some 50 per cent of Tiguan sales. Up to 90 per cent of those customers take up the optional R-Line package,” said Volkswagen product marketing manager Jeff Shafer.

“So devising the first Wolfsburg Edition of a Volkswagen medium SUV is very much a case of listening to what our customers want.”

The new model named after Volkswagen’s hometown adds both the Sound & Vision and R-Line packages as standard in addition to black exterior accents, 20-inch alloys, tinted rear windows and a heads-up display. It comes in white, black or grey paint colours.

Pricing for the 2019 Tiguan starts at $42,490 for the 132TSI Comfortline, $49,290 for the 162TSI Highline and $55,490 for the 162TSI Wolfsburg Edition plus on-road costs. The model change sees pricing for the SUV begin at over $10,000 higher than before but a sub-$40k entry model is expected to follow after the range launches in October.

 
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