Volkswagen Australia has revived its Grid badge for new, lower-priced versions of the 2023 VW T-Roc R and VW Tiguan R performance SUVs.

The $54,300 T-Roc R Grid and $63,990 Tiguan R Grid Editions save $5000 over the regular versions by deleting some key features to help overcome supply issues caused by the global semiconductor shortage.

VW’s R Grid models follow the concept of the 2017/2018 Golf R Grid, which was positioned just below $50,000 via a reduced equipment list compared with the standard model. That Grid model was also partly inspired by component shortages, in this case electric seats.

Grid Editions, which are due in December, drop premium LED tail-lights with dynamic indicators, side assist with rear traffic alert, and the proactive passenger protection system from the regular T-Roc R and Tiguan R. The Tiguan R Grid misses out on a head-up display standard in the regular Tiguan R too.

They also replace matrix LED headlights with performance LED headlights and ditch Nappa-leather seats for sports pews in cloth/microfleece. And electric seat adjustment makes way for manual adjustment – including front passenger seat in the Tiguan R Grid.

Grid Editions gain some visual distinction with ‘Pretoria’ 19-inch graphite alloy wheels and black roof rails fitted to the T-Roc R Grid, while the Tiguan R Grid’s door mirrors, roof rails, grille, and body elements are all swathed in black.

The sole option for both SUVs is a panoramic sunroof, which costs $2000 for the T-Roc R Grid and $2100 for the Tiguan R Grid.

VW Australia’s product manager for passenger vehicles Todd Ford described the Grid models as a “pre-emptive measure to counter supply issues and give people a choice”.

The standard VW T-Roc R has just been released in Australia, sitting atop an updated small SUV range with a $59,300 price tag. The regular and Grid versions are powered by a 221kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo and share all-wheel drive and a 0-100km/h claim of 4.9 seconds.

The standard VW Tiguan R was introduced earlier in 2022, priced from $63,990. Both the R and R Grid feature a 235kW/400Nm turbo engine, all-wheel drive and a common benchmark acceleration claim of 5.1 seconds.

“The return of the Grid Edition in two forms will help us increase supply from November and assist in fulfilling extremely strong T-Roc R and Tiguan R orders,” said VW Australia’s brand director of passenger vehicles, Michal Szaniecki.

“We thank customers of these high-performance SUVs for their patience and – as we did with securing 1000 extra Touaregs for this year – we are working tirelessly to improve our supply situation across several model lines.”

The Grid Editions are the most affordable R models offered. The Golf R hatch starts from $65,990.

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