A new special-edition Volkswagen Tiguan pairs black styling accents and a popular petrol engine with fewer features for a lower price – and fewer delays.
- 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan Monochrome, Tiguan Allspace Monochrome pricing and specifications
- New editions add black accents, new 19-inch wheels
- Leather seats, big screen, blind-spot monitoring, etc removed to improve supply
- Priced from $53,390 plus on-road costs, $3900 to $4100 less than donor variants
Volkswagen Australia has rolled out another special-edition version of its Tiguan family SUV, the 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan Monochrome and 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Monochrome.
Now available to order ahead of first deliveries in January, the Tiguan Monochrome editions – powered by ‘162TSI’ petrol engines – drop a range of features fitted to standard models – in exchange for prices about $4000 lower, and a host of new black styling touches.
The Monochrome editions – like other Tiguan special editions also available for 2022 or 2023 – also serve to navigate stock shortages, Volkswagen says, created by semiconductor shortages affecting the luxury features fitted to standard variants.
Based on the top-selling 162TSI R-Line variants of the five-seat Tiguan and seven-seat Tiguan Allspace, the Monochrome editions add 19-inch black ‘Valencia’ wheels, black exterior trim, dark tinted rear windows (a 90 per cent tint), and metallic paint.
However, to cut prices and avoid delays, they swap the 9.2-inch touchscreen for an 8.0-inch display, replace leather upholstery with cloth and ArtVelour faux suede, and delete power-adjustable heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats (Allspace only).
Mirroring standard Model Year 2023 Tiguan 162TSI R-Line models, the Monochrome editions are not fitted with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a proactive occupant protection system, and a power tailgate due to semiconductor shortage constraints.
Premium LED tail-lights with scrolling indicators are also replaced by normal LED rear lights.
Prices start from $53,390 plus on-road costs for the five-seat Tiguan Monochrome, or $55,690 plus on-road costs for the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace Monochrome – $3900 and $4100 less respectively than the 162TSI R-Line variants on which they’re based (with metallic paint).
Both models are powered by the Tiguan’s most popular engine, a 162kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Three metallic paint finishes (usually a cost extra) are included for no cost on the Monochrome – Reflex Silver, Dolphin Grey and Deep Black Pearl Effect – with a Monochrome-exclusive Oryx White Pearlescent finish available for $900 extra.
The only equipment option is a panoramic sunroof, priced from $2100 on both body styles.
“The Monochrome, Tiguan Allspace Adventure, and Tiguan R Grid Edition [two other stripped-back special editions] also allow us to tailor packages that avoid lengthy wait times caused by semiconductor shortages, in a valuable special edition format for customers,” Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles brand director Michal Szeniecki said in a media statement.
The 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan Monochrome and Tiguan Allspace Monochrome are available to order now.
2023 Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Australian pricing
- Tiguan Allspace Adventure five-seat – $51,990
- Tiguan 162TSI Elegance five-seat – $53,190
- Tiguan Allspace 162TSI Elegance seven-seat – $55,690
- Tiguan Monochrome five-seat – $53,390 (incl. metallic paint), new
- Tiguan Allspace Monochrome seven-seat – $55,690 (incl. metallic paint), new
- Tiguan 162TSI R-Line five-seat – $56,390
- Tiguan Allspace 162TSI R-Line seven-seat – $58,890
Note: All prices above exclude on-road costs.
2023 Volkswagen Tiguan Monochrome standard features:
- Black exterior styling package (black roof rails, upper grille, lower C-shaped fins, lower rear bumper, mirror caps, rear spoiler, window surrounds)
- 19-inch gloss black Valencia alloy wheels
- Dark-tinted rear windows (90 per cent)
- Metallic paint (usually $900 extra)
- Monochrome edition badge
Items removed compared to 162TSI R-Line:
- 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen (now an 8.0-inch screen)
- Matrix LED headlights
- Leather upholstery (replaced by cloth and ArtVelour faux suede)
- Power-adjustable heated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated outboard rear seats (only affects Allspace)
- Premium LED tail-lights with ‘scrolling’ indicators
- Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, proactive passenger protection system and an electric tailgate are also missing from the Monochrome – but these have also been removed from the standard 162TSI R-Line for a brief period in Model Year 2023.
- Metallic paint, no cost (Reflex Silver, Dolphin Grey and Deep Black Pearl Effect)
- Oryx White Pearlescent paint ($900)
- Panoramic sunroof ($2100)