Volkswagen introduced its aggressive R-Line appearance package on the CC and Beetle last year, but later this year, this treatment will also be applied to VW's crossovers, the Tiguan and Touareg. Both sporty-looking utility vehicles will be unveiled next week at the Detroit Auto Show.

The 2014 Tiguan R-Line comes standard with bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, and the package adds 19-inch wheels, grey fender extensions, body-color side skirts and a liftgate spoiler. Inside, the R-Line adds a flat-bottom sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, a black headliner and numerous metallic trim accents such as the stainless scuff plates, the aluminum pedals and metallic finish on the instrument and door panels. The Tiguan R-Line will be offered in front- and all-wheel drive configurations.

As for the 2014 Touareg R-Line (shown above), this model gets an ever more distinctive look with an aggressive front fascia, 20-inch wheels and dual oval-shaped exhaust outlets in addition to the painted side skirts and LED taillights. Similar metallic interior trim pieces found inside the Tiguan R-Line will also make their way into the Touareg as well as gloss black accents on the instrument panel and center stack.

VW says that both new R-Line models will get R-Line badges and a sport-tuned suspension. Pricing won't be announced until closer to the launch of both models sometime this fall, but you can still check out the more info on both in the press release posted below.
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  • Touareg R-Line available in V6 TDI® Clean Diesel or VR6® gasoline
  • Tiguan adds more sporty flair with R-Line spec
  • Fender® Premium Audio System now available in Tiguan R-Line
Herndon, VA - Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today it will offer the R-Line derivative on two additional models for the U.S. market. Joining the CC R-Line and recently introduced Beetle R-Line coupe, the Tiguan R-Line and Touareg R-Line will be added to the Volkswagen line-up for model year 2014. Both models will be introduced at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

The Touareg R-Line and Tiguan R-Line models feature an aggressive appearance package and interior enhancements that provide an all-around dynamic and sporting appearance. Volkswagen R GmbH has developed the R-Line for drivers who want the sporty and aggressive styling of the Volkswagen R models, but without the additional engine performance.

Tiguan R-Line
Enhancing the Tiguan SEL's impressive list of standard equipment, the Tiguan R-Line adds performance-inspired exterior and interior treatments. The R-Line is available in front-wheel-drive or 4Motion® all-wheel-drive configuration and features the award-winning 2.0-liter TSI® turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the iconic Volkswagen GTI.

On the outside, the R-Line features unique "Mallory" 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels on lower-profile all-season tires. Paired with a sport-tuned suspension, the combination allows for more dynamic driving characteristics. Additional enhancements include body-colored side-skirts featuring chrome trim; wheelarch extensions; R-Line rear spoiler; LED license plate illumination; and a front grille mounted R-Line badge. Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are also standard.

Inside, the Tiguan R-Line features "metallic-finish" dash and door trim; a sporty flat-bottom R-Line multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters; stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates; aluminum sport pedals; and a black headliner.

Along with the interior treatments, the Tiguan R-Line becomes the fourth Volkswagen model to offer the award-winning Fender Premium Audio System. The system features a 10-channel, 400 watt amplifier with eight speakers and a rear subwoofer.

Touareg R-Line
The Touareg R-Line adds a host of dynamic and sporty elements to the long list of standard equipment on the Touareg Lux trim. Naturally, all Touareg models come standard with 4Motion all-wheel drive mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the R-Line adds a sport-tuned suspension to either the 3.0-liter VR6 gasoline or 3.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine.

The Touareg R-Line also adds an aggressive exterior appearance distinguished by 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; a unique front bumper fascia; side skirts; R-Line badges; LED taillights; and oval-shaped dual exhaust tips at the rear.

Inside, the R-Line theme continues with unique high-gloss black and brushed aluminum trim on the dashboard, center console and doors. Stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates, aluminum sport pedals, and an R-Line steering wheel round out the model's interior enhancements.

Both models are slated to go on sale in the third quarter of 2013. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Golf R, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

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      I don't know why people are hating soo much on one trim level. Companies do this all the time. Look at f"n BMW, if you buy a 3 series, you can either get the M-sport pakage or the aftermarket M-performance package or the IS package, and they all pretty much look the same.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks good on the Touareg. Where are the pictures of the Tiguan? I would be curious to see if it makes it look more substantial.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs a couple more rows of intakes/air dams on the front to completely negate any ground clearance it once had.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Touareg's are so insanely overpriced. A base Touareg is more then a base Q7. Why not go for the Q7....
        • 2 Years Ago
        From where I sit, a base Q7 is US$46,850, and a base Touareg is US$43,945. I must have missed where 6 became less than 3.
        • 2 Years Ago
        the Q7 has a last gen platform
      Ryan Rogers
      • 2 Years Ago
      The golf-R makes sense. It gets a big HP boost and AWD on top of the normal golf/gti package. All the other "R" models are just silly cosmetic packages...and maybe a sport tuned suspension. As much as I like VW, some times their actions drive me nuts.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan Rogers
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        @Ryan Rogers
        That's the difference between R and R-Line. I like to think of the latter as an R with a line through it. ;)
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan Rogers
        audi has the s-line, bmw the m packages, merc has amg optical kits...where is the f**in' problem if people can individualize their cars. jealous dipwits
      • 2 Years Ago
      Expensive Pig. I would take the Turbo Edge over this. They can keep their silly eyes.
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          Right, and you roo much civic in your blood.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can someone explain it to me - why do the base models of all German cars come in only two colors- white and black. Why do customers have to pay extra for any other colors? Are their engineers that incompetent that they can't figure out how to paint cars in other colors at the same price point?
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is like BMW making M versions of their trucks (oops, I mean sport activity vehicles). It dilutes the brand but provides extra profit for a few years.
      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um , what?? "Both sporty-looking utility vehicles" - seriously?? that is what you are going with?? Sorry, neither is 'sporty-looking, but the Tiguan especially looks like a slightly melted Kia Soul!
      • 2 Years Ago
      better than that passat a few posts down....
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Touareg is really just the same car that a dozen other companies already make...except this one is a Volkswagen. It's boring. I am going to be very disappointed if the seven-seater that VW keeps talking about for Detroit resembles anything less than a Eurovan.
      J Baustian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw a Tiguan TDI at the LA International Auto Show in the fall of 2006. Later I read about the off-road version offered in the UK. At the time I thought that, while VW was about 8-10 years late to offer a fuel-efficient compact utility vehicle, at least they finally had one worth owning -- one that could compete against the Honda CRV and Toyota RAV4. It is now 2013 and I'm still waiting to see a Tiguan TDI. This is a vehicle that VW should have been building and selling 12-15 years ago.
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