Entry-level pricing for the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan range will jump by more than $10,000, with the range slashed to consist of just two of the higher-spec petrol models.
Volkswagen Australia will ditch the 110TSI petrol, and 110TDI and 140TDI diesel versions from October this year, leaving just the higher-powered 132TSI and 162TSI powertrains.
Production of the 110TSI has been suspended in Europe in order for Volkswagen to complete testing for the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) real-world emissions testing.
Volkswagen says it will return, but in the meantime you won’t be able to get a Tiguan with the most-affordable Trendline spec or front-wheel drive.
This leaves the all-wheel-drive 132TSI Comfortline, that used to sit around the middle of the range, as the base model, while the deletion of the diesel powertrains leaves the 162TSI Highline the new range-topper.
Volkswagen Australia says the range consolidation won’t dramatically affect sales here with most buyers already opting for 2.0-litre 132TSI and 162TSI, which send power to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
The 162TSI Highline can still be up-specced with the R-Line package – that brings sporty exterior styling, 20-inch 'Suzuka' alloy wheels, Vienna leather seats, interior embellishments, and steering wheel paddles.
A limited Wolfsburg Edition, will also be available.
“The 162TSI Highline already comprises some 50 percent of Tiguan sales,” said Volkswagen Australia passenger vehicle product marketing manager Jeff Shafer.
“Up to 90 percent of those customers take up the optional R-Line package.
“So devising the first Wolfsburg Edition of a Volkswagen medium SUV is very much a case of listening to what our customers want.”
Based on the 16TSI Highline, the Tiguan Wolfsburg Edition will retail for $55,490 and comprise the Sound & Vision and R-Line packages, unique black exterior trim enhancements, 20-inch Black Suzuka Alloys, 90 percent Rear Window Tint and head up display.
Three paint choices include Oryx White Pearlescent, Deep Black Pearl Effect or Indium Grey Metallic.
The 2019 Tiguan range, including the Wolfsburg Edition, will arrive in showrooms this October.
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan pricing
- Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline - $42,490
- Tiguan 162TSI Highline - $49,490
- Tiguan 162TSI Wolfsburg Edition - $55,490
- Metallic/pearl paint - $700
- Driver Assistance Package (Comfortline) - $1400
- Luxury Package (Comfortline) - $4000
- Sound and Vision Package (Comfortline) - $3200
- Sound and Vision Package (Highline) - $3000
- R-Line Package (Highline) - $2900
- Panoramic sunroof (Highline and Wolfsburg) - $2000