2015 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack shows its face before Geneva

Volkswagen has revealed the new Passat Alltrack crossover before its Geneva debut, based on the recently-updated Passat. The new model boasts a clever ‘Off Road’ driving mode to help increase all-terrain performance.

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Showcasing the sharp new design borrowed from the latest Passat, the new Alltrack certainly looks as smart as ever. Differing from the regular Passat Variant wagon, the Alltrack has an extra 27.5mm of ground clearance. There’s also the familiar bolstered wheel arches, side skirt moulds, and revised front and rear bumpers with unique silver trimmings.

In terms of engine packages, the new model will come with – at least in overseas markets – a 1.4-litre TSI producing 110kW, a 2.0 TSI producing 162kW, and three different 2.0-litre TDI diesels producing 110kW, 140kW, and 177kW in the case of the new bi-turbo unit.

To help the Alltrack handle rugged terrain, the underbody is fitted with various protection plates, while the powertrain incorporates a Haldex centre differential which works like an on-demand system. It also offers the functionality of a brake-type differential lock to further minimise wheelspin.

As a last piece of technology to help the Alltrack get through tough situations, the driver can select a new ‘Off Road’ driving mode. This alters the hill start assist system and throttle sensitivity, as well as changes the braking control so that it is less prone to wheel locking.

Volkswagen Australia is expected to confirm local market entry details at the car’s debut in Geneva. All of the action starts on March 3.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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