Taking a page out of sister-company Audi’s playbook, Volkswagen pulled the covers off of the latest generation of its cross-country wagon, the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack. This all-wheel-drive station wagon is based on the latest European Volkswagen Passat and mimics the look of the Audi Allroad, but without the Audi price.
In order to prepare the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack for off-road duty, Volkswagen raised the ride height by an inch. Permanent all-wheel drive comes as standard. Rugged plastic cladding and steel under-chassis protection prevent too much damage occurring when the terrain turns rocky, and new “Off-Road” driving modes affect throttle mapping, braking threshold, hill assist, and descent control.
Power comes from either a 148-hp or a 217-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, along with a trio of diesel powerplants. Power is sent to all four wheels either through a six-speed manual transmission available on the lower output engines, and the standard Volkswagen dual-clutch gearbox for the rest of the powertrains.
Going along with the tough and capable new attitude the Alltrack adopts, the cross-country wagon is capable of towing 4,850 lbs, with the exception of the 148-hp model, which tows a maximum of 3,968 lbs. VW also developed a new system that uses the backup camera to ease maneuverability with a large trailer.
Because the European Volkswagen Passat is a completely different vehicle from the U.S.-market Passat, we wouldn’t expect to see the Passat Alltrack on our shores anytime soon. Take a look at the all-new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack in the photo gallery below.