For 40 years, more than 15 million Passat automobiles have been manufactured. With its practical and versatile qualities, the success of the worldwide bestseller can be attributed to the company's wide and diverse range of products. Now, Volkswagen is expanding the model lineup with the addition of Passat Alltrack, which is offered in an estate vehicle configuration.
This new version closes the gap between the conventional Passat Estate and SUVs like the Tiguan. The new model is meant for car owners who use their vehicle for towing or for light off-road situations, but also want a sporty, versatile and spacious passenger vehicle with rugged qualities.
When compared with the Passat Estate, the new vehicle is defined by new bumpers in SUV style with wheel well and side sill flares. Adding to the qualities that make Passat Alltrack an excellent SUV alternative for driving on unpaved track are the greater off-road ramp angle, departure angle, higher ground clearance and approach angle. The company unveiled today the Alltrack at the Tokyo Motor Show. Market launch for this model begins early next year.
The Passat Alltrack is available in two turbocharged direct injection petrol engines (TSI) with 118 kW / 160 PS and 155 kW / 210 PS as well as in two direct injection turbodiesels (TDI) with 103 kW / 140 PS and 125 kW / 170 PS. The 170 PS TDI and the 210 PS TSI are the two most powerful Alltrack variants and come with a dual clutch transmission (DSG) and standard 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
As for the one with a 140 PS TDI, an all-wheel drive is optional. When it comes to engine efficiency, the 140 PS version has a low combined fuel consumption of 5.7 l/100 km (equivalent to 150 g/km CO2). On the other hand, fuel consumption for the 170 PS version is 5.8 l/100 km (152 g/km CO2).
Looking at the exterior of the new Passat Alltrack, one will immediately notice the standard alloy 17-inch Valley wheels. If that’s not enough, the 18-inch Canyon wheels are being offered as an alternative. Standard as well are the roof rails though these have been anodized in silver.
Other features expected on the exterior are chrome tailpipes, the fog lights, underbody guards in the rear, and the stainless steel appearance on its front. Meanwhile the trim strips on the radiator grille, housings of its door mirror, and the window surrounds, all come in a Matte chrome style. There are also various special details to be offered for the Passat Alltrack.
This is in addition to the body improvements, enhancement of the running gear, and the off-road driving program. In general, a number of features that are fitted as standard have been tuned and customized in order to meet the needs of this version as well as its off-road capability. An interesting feature in the new Passat Alltrack is the four-link suspension in the rear.
Aside from being lightweight, it is able to deliver stability and maximum driving comfort. Because of how the links are designed, it allows for the transverse dynamics to be tuned separately from the longitudinal one. The result of this functional splitting is that dynamic performance is optimized. Vehicle safety is guaranteed as well in addition to offering excellent ride comfort.
The way this suspension works is that it is composed of an isolated subframe where the upright, through the transverse link, track rod, and spring suspension, are joined in a transverse and upward direction.
Furthermore, the longitudinal links are able to handle the wheel location through a longitudinal direction. Still on the rear portion, its axle utilizes what are known as tube stabilizers that have been weight optimized. One reason why the Passat Alltrack is able to deliver such an amazing comfort is mainly because its rear suspension has been separated from the body through the use of subframes.
While we may find this isolation method difficult to imagine, the Alltrack makes this possible through rubber-metal mounts, a total of 4. These mounts are made of rubber that has been made specifically to meet the dynamic requirements needed when driving. The overall result is that by isolating the subframe, ride comfort and acoustics are enhanced. This means that the Passat Alltrack is at the same level as those in the luxury class.