2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line shapes up for Los Angeles

Just don't expect any performance upgrades. This LA Auto Show reveal's snazzy package is all about looks.

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Volkswagen is putting the sporty R-Line treatment on yet another model. Previously limited to the 2018 Atlas and Passat, the flashy R-line appearance package will also grace the Tiguan come the new year.

Available on SEL and SEL Premium trim lines, the R-Line package doesn't add any oomph to the Tiguan's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and eight-speed automatic transmission combination. You can expect the same 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque and the option of all-wheel drive. Instead, think of the R-Line package as a few pieces of souped-up visual flair for the SUV.

R-Line package makes the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan a sleek SUV

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Those who opt for the R-Line will get unique front and rear bumper with front air intakes and a gloss-black diffuser in the rear. Wheel arches are highlighted by body-color extensions and there is a choice of 19- or 20-inch wheels. As per usual, you get your fancy R-Line badging.

Inside is more badging, natch, as well as a black headliner and some spiffy stainless-steel pedal covers and door sills.

The R-Line package on the SEL trim includes VW's ParkPilot technology and adds $1,795 to the bottom line. If the SEL Premium is your bag, expect a slightly lower premium of $1,495.

The 2018 Tiguan R-Line will be available in the first quarter of 2018, and it debuts at this week's LA Auto Show