The newest generation of the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack has debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Based on the German automaker’s new Passat Estate, the Passat Alltrack features off-road style and 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive. Volkswagen has said that the Passat Alltrack will be an independent model in the series and is differentiated on the exterior with modified bumpers, stainless-steel looking underbody guard, rugged wheel arch and side skirts in Anthracite finish, silver anodized roof rails, Alltrack badges on the radiator grille and tailgate and custom 17-inch wheels. The model has an extra 1.1-inches of ground clearance compared to the standard car and can also be had with larger 18- or 19-inch wheels.
Other systems that will help when the road ends include an electronic differential lock (EDS), XDS+ and 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive. The Alltrack is capable of towing up to 4,850 lbs.
Advanced technology options include an active info display, head-up display, media control rear seat entertainment system for tablet computers, front assist, emergency assist, traffic jam assist, rear traffic alert and trailer assist.
For powerplants, Volkswagen will launch the Passat Alltrack with five new direct fuel injection engines. There are two standard gasoline turbocharged engines with 147 hp or 217 hp while a trio of TDI diesel engines are available starting from 147 hp for the base model, 188 hp for the mid-range engine and topping out at 236 hp. All engines come standard with a stop-start system and regenerative braking.
Unfortunately, don’t expect the Passat Alltrack to arrive in North America anytime soon. Considering it’s based on the European Passat model, it’s unlikely this off-roading wagon will ever be in U.S. showrooms.
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