The flagship R version of Volkswagen’s model is now available in two more versions, but the starting prices for the versions vary only slightly. The prices for the two performance versions were already revealed. The Cheaper versions will also be introduced in a few months.
The prices for the plug-in hybrid are yet to be announced. The vehicle was launched in 2017, and until now, it was only available in fastback body style. The new version with a different body style features an extended roofline, prominent haunches over the rear wheels, and more. It also offers a slightly higher boot space than the previous version.
The company was already expanding the R performance division and these two versions are the continuation of that. Both versions will use the advanced version of the turbo petrol engine and 4motion four-wheel-drive system. They will also have a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
It is probably inspired by a similar system used in racing cars. It has made the vehicle more agile as it can transfer the power output within no time to any of the wheels. The ehybrid version, which will be offered in both body styles, will have plug-in hybrid power. It also offers an electric range of more than 28 miles.
The lineup also includes two diesel engines and three turbo petrol engines. The petrol versions deliver higher power output than the diesel versions, but the latter also has a selective catalytic reduction filter as well as an Adblue system.
According to the company the, system reduces NOx emissions by about 76%. The customers will have the option to choose either the 6-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The MQB platform has been used for the vehicle, this is why the mild-hybrid powertrains are not available, but it’s possible that we can see the mild-hybrid variants in the next-generation model.