It appears that VW Group is not as anxious to fill out the bottom size segments of the North American CUV market as quickly as other manufacturers, and I don't blame them. It makes sense to work backwards from larger and more expensive products.That R is really nice. If brought to the U.S., I imagine it would likely push into the $45K-$50K range - especially with that exhaust. Damn shame we won't ever get it here. I suppose VAG wants U.S. customers who might buy a Tiguan R to go ahead and "move up" to Audi. But, without an SQ3 (which I thought we were supposed to get), I'm wondering what the option would be?
There are a few non-VAG options, though.. BMW X2 M35i, AMG GLA 35 SUV.
I think smaller hot CUVs will come, but for now they have delegated that role to the Macan and SQ5, and I think they've done it quite succcessfully. Also, both of those are pretty similarly sized to the SWB Tiguan considering the better interior packaging of MQB and larger exterior dims of the premium MLB cars.