Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is a High-Riding Wagon: 2011 Tokyo Auto Show

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

As expected, Volkswagen debuted the Passat Alltrack at the Tokyo Motor Show and it was pretty much everything we expected it to be – a high-riding variant of the Passat wagon that’s offered in Europe. We have to admit we found it a little peculiar that VW would debut the Passat Alltrack in Japan but nonetheless, it got some attention on the show floor.

Featuring Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, the Passat Alltrack will be introduced to the European market with two choices of 2.0L TDI powerplants. The exterior features flared fenders with a stainless-steel looking front bumper garnish and some matte-chrome accents. And for those wondering just how high-riding this Passat Alltrack is, its ground clearance has increase from 5.3-inches to 6.5-inches from the standard Passat wagon.

Take it as Volkswagen trying to mix a little of station wagon with SUV versatility, or something like that. It’s also worth mentioning that the Alltrack has the same off-road driving program seen on VW’s Touareg and Tiguan, which revises the vehicle’s ABS, electronic differential lock, throttle control and shift points to maximize traction. Hill descent is automatically turned on when grades are steeper than 10-percent.

Americans will probably never see the Alltrack stateside since VW wholeheartedly believes we’d choose an SUV over a wagon any day of the week. Guess they’re pretty spot on there.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • ELI ELI on Feb 01, 2012

    give US the option ..shoot we cant even get this in a wagon or TDI wagon ? :^( forced to buy Jetta TDi Or search for a used PASSAT TDi ..maybe Subaru will come thru with 4wheeldrive & DISEL power plant!!!

  • Tomtalker Tomtalker on Aug 04, 2013

    I happen to LOVE this vehicle. And the reviewer should have used a better "comparison" of this vehicle to the Volvo XC70. As it is a high-riding wagon that i happen to find very attractive. In times where these crossovers and suv's have dominated the american car market. I'd welcome this VW AWD wagon any day. So if the rep at VW are reading this PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring this over stateside as i know once people started purchasing them it would increase sales exponentially....!!!