Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress UK, Volkswagen | posted March 05, 2015 10:30
Updated bumpers improve the wagon's approach and departure angles
Volkswagen's enduring family car gets a new high-riding model as the company recently revealed the Passat Alltrack at this year's Geneva Motor Show.
Based on the Passat Variant model, the Alltrack gets a 27.5mm increase in ride height while the body itself gets a more rugged design along with revised bumpers which improves the wagon's approach and departure angles. The automaker also installed a stainless steel underbody which protects vital chassis components.
The interior carries over from the Variant model and features a flat-bottom steering wheel and an infotainment system with a multimedia screen.
Five engines will be available for the Passat Alltrack; 2 gasoline units and 3 diesel options. First on the gasoline side is the 1.4-liter TSI that puts out 150 PS and is followed by the larger 2.0-liter TSI that generates 220 PS. Moving on to diesel, the 2.0-liter TDI will come in 3 different power outputs: 150 PS, 190 PS and 240 PS. All engines are Euro6 compliant and are mated to an AWD system.
Models fitted with the range-topping engines will get the XDS+ system as standard which will automatically apply the brakes on the inside wheels to improve stability during cornering. Additionally, an “Off Road” driving mode is also present. Upon activation, it will enhance grip on slippery roads by adjusting the car's throttle response, braking force and inputs to the hill start and hill descent systems.