The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Adventure special edition is now on sale in Australia, priced from $79,990 before on-road costs.

Based on the V6 180TDI variant, the Touareg Adventure is powered by - as the name suggests - a 180kW550Nm 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and is pitched at buyers who want an SUV that's as at home "in the high street as the high country".

Standard equipment includes 19-inch 'Salvador' alloy wheels, unique bi-xenon headlights, 'Vienna' leather seat upholstery, adaptive cruise control, front assist with city-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB), along with roof racks. Adjustable air suspension is also fitted as standard.

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Volkswagen is also offering a range of towing and touring accessory packs for customers, while just four paint colours are available; Pure White, Canyon Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl and Sand Gold Metallic - the latter exclusive to this special-edition model.

The Volkswagen Touareg Adventure is available to order now, with first deliveries arriving in May.

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2017 Volkswagen Touareg pricing (plus on-road costs)

150TDI - $68,990

150TDI Element - $70,990

V6 TDI Adventure - $79,990

V6 TDI - $85,490

V8 TDI R-Line - $116,300