Volkswagen Passat Alltrack was revealed ahead of its official public debut during the Geneva Motor Show in March. Based on the eight – generation Passat, the new version inherits a similar theme. This high riding estate is planned to appear in Australian showrooms later this year with a price close to that of the first – generation model - $47,790.

As it might be expected, there is a range of engines available for the updated automobile. The selection of units offers a 150 HP 1.4 TSI, a 220 HP 2.0 TSI and three 2.0 TDIs engines which are able to boost 150 HP, 190 HP and 240 HP. Top-of-the-line petrol and diesel engines receive a standard XDS+ electronic differential system which is capable of providing selective braking to the front wheels in order to improve stability during cornering.

So in terms of design highlights, 2015 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack arrives with a 27.5 mm increase in the ride height and exhibits a rougher stance. Perhaps the most notable change is the revised front bumper. It is underlined by a silver plastic scuff plate as well as a black plastic valance panel and mounted fog lamps. With such additions, the car adopts an extra flair of ruggedness especially when driving on bumpy roads.

Other alterations on the Volkswagen Alltrack include badges on the grille and front frenders, silver and black mirror housings integrated on the doors, roof rails and wheelarches which receive plastic body cladding. There are also sills with silver plastic scuff plate extensions and a reworked rear bumper. The latter comes with a black plastic valance panel which has trapezoidal shaped chromed tailpipes. Standard 17-inch wheels are available but customers can opt for 18- and 19-inch rims.

The new Passat Alltrack offers four driving modes: eco, normal, sport and individual. Trying to surprise buyers, Volkswagen has added an off-road mode to all models.

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Source: Volkswagen