2019 VW Tiguan GTE and R-Line: Review, PHEV, Changes

Being totally overhauled for 2018, the upcoming 2019 VW Tiguan will arrive with minor changes only. There won’t be any changes in the styling and design, but this time the manufacturer will introduce the all-new VW Tiguan GTE PHEV model which will be powered by a plug-in hybrid engine. Like before, the Tiguan will be available with an optional R-Line package which will make it look sportier with the unique and larger wheels.

Under the hood of the 2019 VW Tiguan GTE and R-Line

The 2019 Tiguan VW will return with the same engine as its forerunner and there is one single option. So, the Tiguan will be powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. This unit will be able to deliver 184 horses and 221 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. As well, it will be offered with front-wheel and all-wheel drive systems. The front-wheel drive variant is estimated to be 22/27 mpg. Mated to an all-wheel drive layout, this engine gets 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The towing capacity of this unit is 1,500 pounds.

2019 VW Tiguan GTE and R-Line

Furthermore, the 2019 VW Tiguan GTE will use a plug-in hybrid engine. However, although it is not yet official, the Tiguan GTE should be powered by a 1.4-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor and a battery pack. The total output of the PHEV unit should be around 200 to 215 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. As for the battery, it might be the one of 12 kWh or even larger 18 to 20 kWh. As well, the battery of 13 kWh could provide an all-electric range of around 31 miles.

Exterior design

The Volkswagen Tiguan has been completely revised for 2018, so the 2019 model year won’t get any changes. The VW Tiguan represents one of the longest compact SUVs in its class and now features sharper edges, new shape, and more modern look. The Tiguan will get some similar design cues from the Atlas model and those include the same horizontal grille, lower fascia, and bumpers. The LED taillights will be standard while the range-topping SEL Premium will add LED headlights and LED daytime running lights.

2019 VW Tiguan GTE and R-Line rear

On the other hand, the R-Line package will give it sportier appearance with the larger alloy wheels and some unique design details. This package will be optional on the SEL and SEL Premium trim levels.

Furthermore, the GTE PHEV model shouldn’t differ much from the standard model. As the matter of fact, the whole front and rear fascias, so as the profile will look almost identical as the base Tiguan. However, instead of the standard black air dam, the Tiguan PHEV will get three chrome louvers.

The interior design of the 2019 VW Tiguan GTE and R-Line

Inside the cabin, the 2019 VW Tiguan is available with two-row and three-row seating configurations. The seats are generally comfortable and supportive and provide excellent legroom even in the second row of seats. The third row comes standard in the front-wheel models while it is optional in the all-wheel drive configuration. However, the third row can carry two passengers but it is not suitable for adults. The seats are covered in fabric while the higher trims will add leatherette and leather upholstery. The Tiguan with standard two-row seating offers 37.6 cubic feet for the cargo. The dashboard will receive a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system.

2019 VW Tiguan GTE and R-Line interior

Equipment and safety of the 2019 VW Tiguan GTE and R-Line

The 2019 VW Tiguan will be sold in base S, mid-range SE, and range-topping SEL and SEL Premium trim levels. The R-Line package will be available in SEL and SEL Premium only, but it will bring upgrades in the exterior styling.

All the Tiguans will come standard with a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.

The SE trim will add a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control, three USB ports, leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and an available panoramic sunroof. The SEL trim levels will also include a power liftgate, remote start, navigation, and adaptive cruise control. The SEL Premium will be available with a Fender-branded premium audio system, handsfree liftgate, leather upholstery, and more safety features.

2019 VW Tiguan GTE and R-Line dashboard

The standard safety equipment includes airbags, a rearview camera, stability and traction control systems, and post-collision braking system. However, it will also be available with a forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitors, and automatic emergency braking. The higher trims will also be offered with active lane control and a surround-view camera.

Release date and price

The 2019 VW Tiguan should appear sometime during this year. Its price will be in a range between $25,000 and $39,000. The GTE PHEV will surely be the most expensive variant in the lineup. We assume that it could be around $40,000.

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