Volkswagen Australia introduced its special-edition Touareg Monochrome this week, with the large SUV picking up a black-and-white colour scheme and boosted equipment levels, from $74,990 before on-road costs.
Based on the entry-level 150TDI variant, the Monochrome attracts a $6000 premium but blacks out its side mirror caps, lower front grille and roof rails.
Inside, upgrades include two-tone black and 'Moonrock Grey' 'Vienna' leather trim, ventilated front seats, brushed aluminium and piano black dashboard inserts, and a 'Titanium Black' headliner.
Equipment levels further extend to adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, forward collision warning, proactive occupant protection, keyless entry and start, power tailgate, heated steering wheel, paddle shifters and tinted (65 per cent) rear windows.
Features already found in the 150TDI include bi-xenon headlights, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, electric park brake, rain-sensing wipers and LED daytime running lights.
On the inside there is 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system.
Just three exterior paint colours are on offer with the Monochrome, including 'Pure White', metallic 'Canyon Grey' and pearlescent 'Deep Black'.
Due to its high specification levels, there are no options available for this new variant.
Claimed fuel consumption on the combined cycle test is 7.2 litres per 100 kilometres for the 2154kg 150TDI, while its carbon dioxide emissions are rated at 190 grams per km, with the Monochrome expected to provide similar figures to these.
Touareg sales have taken a hit this year, with 1379 examples sold to the end of October, representing a 27.0 per cent decrease over the 1890 registrations made during the same period in 2016.