2012 Vw Passat Alltrack debuts prior to 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 23, 2011

If Audi has the Allroad, Volkswagen needed its own model and as a result the German manufacturer unveiled its latest creation: this is the 2012 Vw Passat Alltrack! Set to make its debut later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show, the 2012 Vw Passat Alltrack unites the passenger car and SUV worlds, and closes the gap between the conventional Passat Estate and SUVs such as the Tiguan.

Comparing it with the Passat Estate, the new Alltrack is defined by new bumpers in SUV style with wheel well and side sill flares.

Under the hood, we will find the same engine from the Volkswagen lineup, which means 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.

The Alltrack versions powered by the 170 PS TDI and the 210 PS TSI engines come as standard with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a dual clutch transmission (DSG).

For the model fitted with a 140 PS TDI, Volkswagen will offer all-wheel drive as an option. Moreover, the model powered by the 140 PS TDI engine has the lowest fuel consumption of 5.7 l/100 km (equivalent to 150 g/km CO2), while fuel consumption for the 170 PS version is 5.8 l/100 km (152 g/km CO2).

VW Passat has been around for more than four decades now and in that time, more than 15 million units have been made. The success of the bestselling model, sold all over the world, is attributed to its diverse range of models as well as its qualities. Volkswagen is adding to that range with the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack.

The new version is available in an estate car setup, closing the gap between the Passat Estate and VW SUVs like the Tiguan. The reason behind this is that many drivers who make their car double as a towing vehicle want to have a versatile, athletic and spacious passenger car that has rugged characteristics. The German automaker created the VW Passat Alltrack for this set of customers.

Setting it apart from the Passat Estate are the new bumpers that look like they belong on an SUV, as well as the side sill flares and the wheel well.

What makes the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack a great alternative to an SUV? Among others, enthusiasts simply love its wider off-road ramp angle, departure angle, higher ground clearance, and approach angle!

Powertrain

The Alltrack has two direct injection petrol engines that deliver 118 kW / 160 PS or 155 kW / 210 PS. It also has a pair of turbodiesels that produce 125 kW / 170 and 103 kW / 140 PS, respectively.

The two most powerful versions are the 210 PS TSI and the 170 PS TDI. Both of these versions have the 4MOTION all-wheel drive as well as the dual clutch transmission. The 140 PS TDI version will have the all-wheel drive option.

If you want to find out just how efficient these engines are when you use the all-wheel drive system, then you should look at the TDI engines: the 140 PS version gives you great fuel efficiency at 5.7 l/100km and emits only 150 grams per km of carbon dioxide.

Meanwhile, the 170 PS model consumes only 5.8 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers and emits 152 g/km of carbon dioxide.

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