Following the recent online debut, the German automaker has unveiled the more rugged Passat Alltrack variant in front of the attending public during the 2015 edition of the Geneva motor show.
The model is based on the latest generation of the Passat Variant wagon version and features a ride heightened by 27.5 millimeters – it also boasts a rugged appearance thanks to plastic body cladding on the wheel arches and sill trims. Additionally, the front and rear bumpers have a different styling for an added personality, while also improving the model’s approach and departure angles. Ensuring safety on rugged terrain is the function of the added stainless steel underbody plates that protect the more vulnerable components. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system is standard and normally diverts power to the front wheels – depending on the situation the Haldex coupling can also send power to the rear axle. There’s also a standard differential lock to assist the power transmission to the wheel with the most traction. Slippery surfaces can be tackled thanks to the “Off Road” driving mode that changes braking response, throttle reaction and the hill start & descent systems.
The engines come from the Passat Variant and can be had in a 150 HP 1.4 TSI and a 220 HP 2.0 TSI, next to three 2.0 TDIs that churn out 150 HP, 190 HP and 240 HP. The top gasoline and diesel variants also boast the company’s XDS+ system that enhances road handling by applying the brakes to the inside wheel when serious cornering capabilities are most needed.