Representatives of the German brand confirmed that more powerful versions of the Tiguan and Atlas crossovers will be available for purchase soon. Such versions of popular SUVs will be developed specifically for the American market.
Crossovers are currently in demand, becoming a viable alternative to hot hatchbacks for many buyers.
Just look at how Hyundai is introducing the “charged” Kona N as a replacement for the Veloster N hatchback, whose production will soon be halted.
Asked if there is demand for the powerful Tiguan R in the U.S., Schafer said VW Group of America “definitely tried to get the Tiguan R when Europe first introduced the car,” but ultimately failed for a variety of reasons. One of them was the difference in body design since only the longer version of the Tiguan comes to the U.S.
Nevertheless, he had some good news regarding the American Tiguan. “I can confirm that the Tiguan will have a successor,” he said. “Whether it will be a full-fledged R, maybe not, but I can tell you that there will be a derivative in the Tiguan lineup that will be a little more spirited and a little more dizzying.”
Schafer couldn’t confirm how much power a more performance version of the crossover might have. “Whether it will be like a full-blown R that can offer 100 to 150 more horsepower than the standard crossover is still unknown, but we’re working on something more dynamic in the Tiguan.
It’s a philosophy we’ve already seen in the U.S., as VW introduced an updated 2.0-liter turbo engine to the Arteon lineup for 2022 that produces 300 hp.
As for when this derivative version might arrive, the Tiguan facelift has just been launched in the U.S., which suggests that the next-generation Tiguan is still at least two years away.