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Brazilian designer renders 2018 VW Polo Alltrack to suit the outdoor lifestyle

Volkswagen strong sellers like the Golf and the Passat have their Alltrack versions, which offer a sportier driving experience with an all-terrain capability and rugged looks. But another VW strong seller, the Polo supermini, doesn’t have an Alltrack version. Nonetheless, a Brazilian automotive designer is providing Polo fans an idea of how an Alltrack version of the supermini might look like.

Essentially, VW employs the Alltrack moniker to identify derivative models that cater to urban customers with active lifestyles. These customers are people who spend the weekdays in the city, and the weekend off the road. This is why all of VW’s Alltrack models are fitted with an all-wheel drive system. VW distinguishes the Alltrack versions from their base vehicles by making them appear rugged.

Here comes a detailed rendering of the VW Polo Alltrack, as created by Kleber Silva of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This isn't the first time an Alltrack version of the Polo has been rendered visually, but Silva’s work is certainly worth considering.

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VW reveals all-new offroad Caddy Alltrack in Frankfurt Motor Show

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was the venue for the unveiling of the latest off-road style version of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Caddy, the Caddy Alltrack. Succeeding the Cross Caddy, this urban delivery van and family multi-purpose vehicle is unique from other Caddy models thanks to distinctive features like its Mojave Beige metallic paintwork and exclusive 17-inch ‘Quito’ alloy wheels, as well as the optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive technology.

This off-road version of the Caddy is further made distinct by matt silver sill tread plates with the Alltrack logo. Available in passenger car and panel van versions, the Caddy Alltrack features black side sills, black trim panels on the wheel arches, and the lower edges of the bumpers – all giving the Alltrack a robust character.

These features are contrasted by Alltrack parts painted in body color like the vehicle’s bumpers, protective side strips and door handles. Likewise, the Caddy Alltrack’s black designer underbody protection is contrasted by additional silver accents.

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2015 VW Passat (B8) Alltrack officially unveiled, will arrive next month in Geneva

After it made quite a buzz on the market, the new VW Passat (B8) received a new version as the German manufacturer unveiled the redesigned Passat (B8) Alltrack. Set to make its official debut next month at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Passat (B8) Alltrack features a 27.5 mm increased ride height and comes with plenty of design features that underline its off-road capabilities.

As a result, the new 2015 VW Passat Alltrack shows redesigned front and rear bumpers as well as plastic elements that improve its rugged look. The interior features as standard unique Alcantara, fabric interior and metal trim, while leather is available as an option. As expected, the 2015 Passat Alltrack is offered with the 4Motion four-wheel drive system as standard.

Four driving modes will be offered by the new vehicle: Eco, Normal, Sport and Off Road. Alltrack version will be available with the same engines found on the standard model, such as a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine developing 150 hp or a 2.0-liter TSI with 220 hp.

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2015 VW Golf Alltrack shows its red skin at 2014 Paris Motor Show [Live Photos]

Volkswagen wanted to offer Golf fans the possibility to drive their vehicle on uneven roads and as a result, it introduced the Golf Alltrack. The new German “off-roader” arrived at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and as expected it gets the permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system equipped with the latest generation Haldex coupling that activates before slip occurs.

The design is new and follows the same strategy applied by Volkswagen with the Passat Alltrack (Passat B8 Alltrack was also confirmed), consisting of a low-profile radiator grille crossbar featuring an aluminum look (matt), a honeycomb radiator grille that sports a chrome “Alltrack” badge designed in matt “Black” as well as a redesigned front bumper that shows a honeycomb structure.

Looking at the vehicle you’ll first notice the distinctive ‘Reflex Silver’ crossbar that extends across the entire width of the bumper. At the rear, there are dark-red taillights, a new bumper design with an underbody protection in ‘Reflex Silver’ and a dual-branch exhaust system with separate chrome tailpipes on the left and right for the model powered by the 180 hp TSI petrol engine.

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Volkswagen officially confirmed the fact that the Alltrack version of the Passat (B8) Estate will be unveiled next year in July. Under the hood, we expect to see the powerful 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine that generates 240 hp (176 kW) and 500 Nm of torque but also a less powerful turbocharged version that produces 190 hp (140 kW).

When it comes to petrol engines, the Passat (B8) Alltrack is expected to get a 1.8-liter TSI engine with 180 hp (132 kW) and 280 Nm of torque as well as a more potent 2.0-liter TSI with up to 220 hp (162 kW).

The most fuel-efficient version will get a 1.6-liter TDI with 120 hp and bolted to a 6-speed manual transmission. Just like the previous model, the new Passat Alltrack will feature the 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system.

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Following the success of the Passat Alltrack, Volkswagen introduced the 2015 Golf Alltrack and officially announced that it will bring the new vehicle next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Featuring a 20 mm additional ground clearance, the Golf Alltrack gets the same body as the Golf Estate, but thanks to the new black mouldings the vehicles shows a rugged look.

In addition, it comes with matt “Reflex Silver” inserts on the new front bumper, new side sills painted in matt ‘Reflex Silver’, mirror caps painted in glossy ‘Reflex Silver’, a chrome trim strip (mattt) beneath the side windows, ‘Silver’ anodized roof rails, a rear bumper with matt ‘Reflex Silver’ protection and new 17-inch Valley alloy wheels designed exclusively for Alltrack models.

In addition, the rear end gets dark-red taillights and dual chrome tailpipes on the left side for the diesel-powered models and separate chrome tailpipes on the left and right for the petrol-powered versions. Inside, the Golf Alltrack gets a steering wheel wrapped in leather just like the gear shift lever, custom seat covers wearing the ‘Alltrack’ badge, ‘Dark Magnesium’ accents on the centre console and ‘Tracks’ accents on the dash and interior door trim.

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Volkswagen continues to entertain plans to produce a crossover version of the future Jetta SportWagen to extend the Jetta lineup. This model would be quite similar to the Alltrack concept, which was presented recently. Autoweek, a sister publication of Automotive News, spoke to a senior Volkswagen executive who said that there is “definite sales potential” for a new lifestyle-targeted Jetta model to enter North America and other global markets.

He said that the new model may be based on the one that succeeds the current model. He is referring to a Subaru Outback fighter with an increased ride height, unique bumpers and light graphics, with extra wheel-arch cladding and specialized interior trims.

So that development costs wouldn’t go out of control, the same steel body and mechanical package are used by the wagon and the crossover. Volkswagen conceived the crossover to be equipped with either the standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

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With the Bosch Driver Drowsiness Detection system, the early signs of fatigue will be detected while driving before a critical situation happens. Microsleep and fatigue at the steering wheel are two of the frequent causes of serious accidents. The system will monitor steering movements and advise the one behind the wheel to take a break.

This vital information is communicated by the steering angle sensor or by the electric power steering system of the vehicle. The steering angle sensor is part of the vehicle's ESP anti-skid system. This means that it would be cost-effective to fit the feature, which aids in further boosting road safety.

The Bosch Driver Drowsiness Detection is useable in light commercial vehicles and in passenger cars. It can also be combined with a range of control units in automobiles. In 2010, it was launched in the new Volkswagen Passat as a standard feature. The new Passat Alltrack is the latest vehicle to be fitted with the system.

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The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack will start arriving in UK showrooms on May 28 but orders can now be taken through your local retailer. Its ride height has been raised and it is equipped with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and rugged body enhancements improvements so that going off track won’t pose any problems.

The Passat Alltrack is based on the popular and versatile Passat Estate and is offered with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a raised ride height to give it greater agility off-road. Driving through rough terrain won’t leave you too exposed as it features body enhancements that offer protection from scrapes. With these features, the Passat Alltrack is as practical as an estate car and as versatile as a conventional SUV. Meanwhile, a high standard specification level offers a substantial amount of luxury.

Only one trim level is offered in the UK, with two drivetrains available. These are a 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS with six-speed manual gearbox with a price tag of £28,475 (RRP OTR), and a 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS with six-speed DSG transmission that costs £31,025. What’s offered as standard are Alcantara upholstery, 2Zone electronic climate control, RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation, DAB radio, MDI iPod connectivity, Bluetooth telephone preparation, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and 18-inch Canyon alloy wheels. Another feature that’s offered as standard is a Driver Alert System that tracks how the driver responds so that fatigue awareness is raised. ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) is also standard equipment.

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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.

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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.

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