Over the years of the automotive industry, we’ve had to decide between performance models and the space we want for a family vehicle. It seems the idea of putting power under the hood wasn’t the priority when it came to building a vehicle that you drove around with your kids. In the automotive world of today the lines of delineation have been blurred. We’re seeing compact crossover SUVs that look smaller than our sedans and we’re seeing vehicles that never would have had impressive power being packed with some serious numbers that make us think twice.
With this in mind, it seems there is room in the market for an SUV that has the power and performance you want, whether you buy a used vehicle or a new one. Just because you’re driving a family vehicle around doesn’t mean you want to be bored and if you’re late getting the kids where they need to go, a bit of added performance can be a serious benefit. While you probably aren’t going to spin your family minivan into a parking spot with the wheels screaming for relief, one company has begun to enter the performance market and it has the right partners to help make this happen.
What’s Coming Down the Line
We know the Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche brands are all married under one umbrella of the Volkswagen Group. With that in mind and the fact that VW has begun to offer us higher performing models with their new R Line selection of vehicles, we can expect a performance model of one of their SUVs to make its way to the market very soon. In fact, if you take a look at the video below, you’ll be convinced this new SUV is ready to hit the roads and the track right now.
The new model that will be offered on the market in the upcoming years will be a Tiguan R Line model. The marriage with Audi is helping this SUV become more of what we want to see because the model that you see in the video roaring around the track is being powered by an Audi engine. This version of the Tiguan appears to be using the 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine from Audi which in the RS3 and TT RS is pumped up to 395 horsepower. While we don’t expect that power number from the Tiguan R Line, we could see as much as 325 ponies and the ability to reach sixty mph in only five seconds.
When will it Arrive
We expect to see the R Line crossover SUV make its way to the stage at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and no work has been shared regarding the consideration of bringing this car to America. It certainly seems that the US market would be perfect for a crossover SUV with this power, especially from the VW brand. Until we know more, enjoy the video below and realize that the lines have been completely erased and we can have our cake and eat it too with performance SUVs that are perfect for the family and the fun.