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23rd November, 2011

Volkswagen is extending the Passat model range with a new version: the Passat Alltrack.

This new version is offered in an estate car configuration, and it closes the gap between the conventional Passat Estate and SUVs such as the Tiguan. Volkswagen's rationale suggests many car drivers who use their car as a towing vehicle for light trailers or in light off-road situations will seek a versatile, sporty and roomy passenger car that has rugged qualities. Volkswagen developed the Passat Alltrack for this clientele. In comparison with the familiar Passat Estate, the new model is defined by new bumpers in SUV style – with wheel well and side sill flares. Its greater off-road ramp angle, approach angle, departure angle and higher ground clearance all make the Passat Alltrack an excellent SUV alternative for driving on unpaved tracks.

At 4,771 mm, the Passat Alltrack is exactly the same length as the Passat Estate, and despite flared wheel arch protection the vehicle’s width also remains the same at 1,820 mm. The suspension is raised to increase ground clearance from 135 to 165 mm, which also improves the ramp breakaway angle (significant when crossing the crest of a hill) from 9.5 to 12.8 degrees. Ruggedly styled front and rear bumpers increase the approach angle from 13.5 to 16 degrees, and the departure angle from 11.9 to 13.6 degrees.

Two turbocharged direct injection petrol engines (TSI) with 118 kW (160 PS) and 155 kW (210 PS) and two turbodiesels (TDI) – also with direct injection – with 103 kW (140 PS) and 125 kW (170 PS) are available in the Passat Alltrack. The two most powerful Alltrack versions, the 125 kW TDI and the 155 kW TSI, have standard 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a dual clutch transmission (DSG). For the Passat Alltrack with a 103 kW TDI, Volkswagen will offer all-wheel drive as an option. Just how efficiently the engines of the Passat Alltrack operate together with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system is illustrated by the two TDI engines: the 103 kW version has a low "combined cycle" fuel consumption of 5.7 litres/100 km (equivalent to 150 g/km CO2), while fuel consumption for the 125 kW version is 5.8 l/100 km (152 g/km CO2).

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack will debut in Japan at the Tokyo Motor Show (3rd to 11th December). The European market launch begins in early 2012. Although not yet confirmed for Australia, right-hand drive exports are expected to begin in mid-2012.

NOTE: (24th November, 2011) Volkswagen Group Australia has confirmed the VW Passat Alltrack will come to Australia in the second half 2012.


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