The new Passat Alltrack is a car with features that keep what the design promises. These include modified bumpers with underbody protection, sill extensions (also fitted with underbody protection) and rugged flared wheel arches; all combine to make the body tougher while also lending the vehicle its own distinctive style. With a special off-road mode, that comprises a modified chassis (174 mm ground clearance) and permanent all-wheel drive, the Passat Alltrack effortlessly tackles terrain that is otherwise the preserve of SUVs. At the same time, the Passat Alltrack is a comfortable and fast long-distance cruiser.
A turbo petrol engine (TSI) and three turbodiesel engines (TDI) all comply with the Euro-6 emission standard. The TSI develops 162 kW / 220 PS and a powerful 350 Nm. The range of TDI engines starts at 110 kW / 150 PS and 340 Nm; two further engines in the next power ratings deliver 140 kW / 190 PS (400 Nm) and 176 kW / 240 PS (500 Nm). The 240 PS engine is the highest torque engine ever to be offered in a Passat. A stop/start system and energy recovery system are included in the standard specification of every Passat Alltrack. Volkswagen offers the 150 PS TDI engine with a manual 6-speed gearbox. All other versions come equipped with an automatic dual-clutch gearbox (DSG).
At The 4MOTION all-wheel drive normally, only the front wheels are driven, saving fuel. But as soon as there is a risk of losing traction, the rear axle is smoothly engaged in a fraction of a second. Along with a Haldex coupling that acts as a longitudinal lock, the electronic differential locks (EDS) integrated in the electronic stability control system (ESC) act as transverse locks for all wheels. In addition, the Passat Alltrack TSI with 220 PS and TDI with 240 PS are equipped with the additional function XDS+ on both axles. This system that is available as an option for all other Passat Alltrack versions optimises the steering characteristic when accelerating out of bends.
The Passat Alltrack comes with driving mode selection as standard. In addition to the familiar "Eco", "Comfort", "Normal", "Sport" and "Individual" driving modes ("Comfort" and "Individual" in combination with adaptive chassis control DCC), the additional "Off-road" mode is an exclusive feature of the Alltrack model series. Activating this programme with a push of a button adapts all relevant driving and assistance systems, the suspension and the engine and gearbox control to off-road use. It is also an ideal towing vehicle: the Passat Alltrack can tow a permitted trailer load of 2,200 kg on an 8% and 12% incline (braked) via its electrically folding hook. In addition, new Trailer Assist facilitates manoeuvring with a trailer as the car steers automatically when reversing.
Moreover, a pioneering range of comfort, infotainment and driver assistance systems is available for the Passat Alltrack. These technologies include the latest radio/navigation systems, a head-up display, "App-Connect" (Apple "CarPlay™", Google "Android Auto™" and "MirrorLink™"), "Media Control" (tablet integration), "Car-Net" with "Guide & Inform" (online services) as well as the ambient traffic monitoring system Front Assist including City Emergency Braking function with Pedestrian Detection that is a standard feature on board the Passat Alltrack.