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Kez Casey | Aug, 14 2015 | 2 Comments

While Volkswagen’s current Tiguan isn’t exactly the most exciting or diverse offering in the VW stable, that’s all about to change with the new model.

Volkswagen has indicated that an SUV Coupe, as prefaced by the CrossBlue Coupe concept, is coming. That version is set to gain a scorching R variant in 2018

The Tiguan R Coupe, if it lands as expected, will share its 2.0 litre engine and all-paw drivetrain with an updated version of the Golf R, which should arrive next year.

The current Golf R generates 220kW overseas (but is limited to 206kW here) with future versions expected to generate as much as 295kW or beyond, as previewed in the Golf R 400 concept.

That will push the Tiguan Coupe R to compete with the Mercedes-AMG GLA45, as well as the Volkswagen Group’s own Audi RS Q3. A BMW X2 M and Range Rover Evoque SVR are also expected.

Mercedes-AMG GLA45
Mercedes-AMG GLA45

Despite the coupe nametag, the Tiguan Coupe will wear a five-door body. Unlike the regular Tiguan though, it will feature a more shallow glasshouse, and a more steeply raked tailgate.

On the outside, expect the Tiguan Coupe R to wear deeper bumpers and sills, larger alloy wheels, and a lowered ride height.

Inside, Volkswagen will deploy a range of touch-, and gesture-controls. Expect the Golf R Touch concept to point the way.

Volkswagen's earlier, smaller, T-Roc concept
Volkswagen's earlier, smaller, T-Roc concept

Those after more practicality will be able to buy a more upright five or seven seat version of the next Tiguan, although it is unclear if both variants will come here.

After a variety of SUV concepts, we could see a production version of the standard Tiguan as early as next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Those interested in the Tiguan Coupe may have to wait a little longer, however the Cross Coupe GTE shown at the start of this year previews what to expect.

MORE: Volkswagen Tiguan News and Reviews

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