Tiguan Offroad revealed
Rugged SUVs are becoming all the rage.
Just last week BMW showed off its off-road capable version of the normally-sporty X5, and now Volkswagen has revealed its rugged Tiguan Offroad for the European market.
Making its debut at the Moscow Motor Show, Volkswagen revealed the rugged-looking and more off-road capable version of its popular five-seat SUV.
Rather than simply snapping on some hard plastics and calling it a day, the Tiguan Offroad replaces the front bumper with a redesigned face that increases the approach angle to 24 degrees and adds an engine-protecting bash plate underneath.
While tougher than run-of-the-mill variants, most of the Offroad’s spec mimics the Tiguan Adventure launched in Australia late last year.
The Offroad will be available in Europe with a variety of different engines, including petrol and diesel, and is mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. Using ‘Active Control’ and three driving modes – on-road, off-road and snow – the car’s assistance systems are tailored to tackle tricky terrain.
Outside, the model is differentiated by the new bumper, matt silver skid plate, black roof rails and mirror caps, black chrome trim elements and is available in six different colours. It rides on 18-inch Sebring alloy wheels (without all-terrain tyres) and can be optioned with less off-road-friendly 19- or 20-inch items.
Inside, the interior gets Austin fabric seats, leather steering wheel and gearshift, alloy pedals, aluminium trims, obligatory Offroad badges and all-important rubber floor mats.
Volkswagen Australia hasn’t confirmed if the model will be available in Australia but did release the similar Tiguan Adventure last year, with both 132TSI petrol and 110TDI diesel driveline options.
Alex Rae is Drive’s Melbourne based reporter with over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry as a photographer and journalist. Having studied both engineering and the arts, Alex understands what makes things tick while appreciating that sometimes it’s all about form over matter…