The big news from Volkswagen this week was the VW CrossBlue mid-size SUV concept, but this was not all that VW had on display at the show. The German automaker had a selection of new R-line vehicles as well as the Passat Performance concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. VW introduced the Touareg and Tiguan R-line models for the 2014 model year. These have available in Europe for some time, but only now are making their way across the Atlantic.
Tiguan R-line provides a sport-tuned suspension, and a multitude of body treatments that include body colored side skirts, wider wheel arches, chrome accents, a spoiler, R-line badges, and 19in wheels. The interior is treated to metal finish trim and a flat bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters. The R-line package can be added to front and all wheel drive Tiguan models.
The Touareg R-line gets similar treatment. It gets a modified front fascia, side skirts, 20in wheels and R-line badges throughout. The same theme continues on the inside. The R-line package can only be added to the Lux trim level on Touaregs with either 3.6 VR6 or 3.0 TDI motors. These two models will be available in the third quarter of 2013 and pricing has not yet been announced.
Perhaps, more interesting was the unassuming Passat Performance concept that shared the main stage with the CrossBlue. This Passat looks like a normal 2013 model with a unique set of rims. What’s under the hood is where the real news are. This Performance concept is sporting a smaller 1.8 liter turbo four cylinder that produces an amazing 250 horsepower, according to Volkswagen. That’s a lot of horsepower per liter! Of course, this motor is compact and relatively light weight, so it should make the good Passat even better. Can you imagine this power plant in the GTI or GLI!
Please enjoy this image gallery from the Volkswagen booth at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Watch the VW CrossBlue concept reveal at 2013 Detroit Auto Show
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