Volkswagen has officially introduced the new Tiguan Offroad in selected markets, nearly two months after the rugged SUV made its appearance at the Moscow Motor Show. It joins the regular Tiguan and larger seven-seater Tiguan Allspace as the third variant of Volkswagen’s global best-selling model range.

On the outside, the Offroad pack includes unique front and rear bumpers with integrated skid plates, side mouldings finished in matte Reflex Silver, as well as blacked-out chrome trims, roof rails and mirror caps. There’s also a nifty Offroad badge positioned on the lower side of the B-pillars.

A set of 18-inch Sebring alloy wheels is standard, although 19-inch Auckland and Victoria Falls wheels, as well as 20-inch Kapstadt wheels can be had for a fee. Other features include Active Lighting System, Dynamic Light Assist and dynamic cornering light – primary illumination is still LED.

Customers can choose up to six colours, starting with Pure Grey, Pure White, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Indium Grey Metallic, Tungsten Silver Metallic and Oryx White Pearl. A two-tone look with a black roof can also be had via the “Offroad Plus” package, which is optional. In total, there are 12 colour combinations for the Tiguan Offroad.

Inside, the seats are wrapped in “Austin” fabric and the headliner is finished in black. Also included is a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, leather gear knob, aluminium decorative inserts, stainless steel pedals and foot rest, as well as rubber floor mats, which are easier to clean.

Now, the Offroad range can be had with a mix of petrol and diesel engines, with the base mill being the 2.0 TDI turbodiesel (150 PS). Two petrol engines – 1.4 TSI (150 PS) and 2.0 TSI (180 PS) – can be had as well, and all engines are linked to a seven-speed DSG and 4Motion four-wheel drive as standard.

It’s not all about the looks either, because the Tiguan Offroad boasts a ramp angle of 24 degrees, which offer moderate all-terrain capabilities. The four-wheel drive system comes with an Active Control feature, allowing drivers to choose between Onroad, Offroad and Snow driving modes via a switch in the centre console.

Other options include the Active Info Display digital instrument cluster, Discover Pro navigation system, “Trailer Assist” trailer manoeuvring system and DCC adaptive chassis control. In Germany, the Tiguan Offroad starts from 40,925 euros (RM195k). Thoughts, guys?