The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack was debuted at last week’s Geneva Motorshow.
The Alltrack takes the new Passat Estate and gives a rough tough look by jacking up the suspension by 27.5 mm, adding 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive and giving it some extra bodywork protection. It designed for those who require 4x4 traction with the convenience and handling of an estate car over the usual SUV options.
Power comes from a choice of five engines, two petrol a 2.0-litre 150 PS and a 2.0-litre 220 PS, if you prefer diesel then there is a 2.0-litre unit with the choice of 150PS, 190PS or 240PS power outputs.
The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack features EDS (electronic differential lock), XDS+ and 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive with an off-road driving programme. All models will tow up to 2,200 kgs (braked) bar the 150PS petrol 1,800 kgs (braked).
There will be plenty of tech include connectivity for smartphones via Volkswagen’s App Connect including Mirror Link, Car Play (Apple) and Android Auto (Google) to replicate the owners phone on 6.5” integrated touch screen, where fitted. Other features include Active Info Display (fully digital instruments), head-up display (for projecting information), Media Control rear seat entertainment system for tablet computers, Front Assist (lane-changing assistant), Emergency Assist (stops vehicle in emergency), Traffic Jam Assist, Rear Traffic Alert (detects vehicles in cross-traffic when backing out of parking spaces) and Trailer Assist (for assisted manoeuvring with a trailer).Published 11 March 2015