Passat Alltrack

The Passat Alltrack was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015. It’s a four-wheel drive version of the Passat Estate, modified to provide both on-road and off-road capabilities.

The Passat Alltrack was available to order in the UK from June 2015 and deliveries began in November the same year. It makes up around five per cent of UK Passat Estate sales.

Ground clearance is increased by 27.5 mm over the standard Passat Estate, to 174 mm. And additional underbody protection confirms its off-road ability. The car provides an excellent combination of performance, comfort, loadspace, traction in poor conditions and overall cost of ownership.

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

The Passat Alltrack’s off-road capability comes via 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive with a Haldex coupling. This sends drive almost instantly to the rear wheels when it is needed. Front-wheel drive is the default to minimise fuel consumption.

The EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) electronically provides similar benefits to that of limited slip differentials at the front and rear. If a wheel starts to spin, they ensure that drive power is directed to the wheel on the opposite side within fractions of a second.

Furthermore, the Passat Alltrack is equipped with the additional function XDS+ on the front and rear axles which brakes the wheels on the inside of a bend during fast cornering and thus perfects the steering response (more precise steering angle), improves the traction, increases agility and, last but not least, enables a higher speed when exiting bends. In technical terms, XDS+ is a functional extension of the electronic differential locks.

The driver can select ‘Off-road’ mode, which adds Hill Descent Assist and gives more progressive accelerator control. When driving onto a downhill slope with a gradient of more than 10 per cent, the speed is limited to a minimum of 2 km/h and a maximum of 30 km/h. The driver can vary this speed within these limits at any time by accelerating or braking. The readiness of Hill Descent Assist is signalled by a function symbol in the display of the instrument cluster. This function indicator changes its colour from grey to white when the system actively brakes. Hill Descent Assist becomes inactive as soon as the downhill gradient is less than 5 per cent.

In addition, ‘Off-road’ mode adapts ABS to off-road surfaces and the automatic DSG gearbox retains lower gears and suppresses unwanted upward shifts. The tyres can build up a wedge of stones etc. on loose surfaces during emergency stops, thus reducing the stopping distance.

The Passat Alltrack is an ideal towing car, with a towing capacity of 2,200 kg and an innovative Trailer Assist function. This greatly simplifies reversing manoeuvres with a caravan or any type of trailer.

The Passat has a strong history as an all-wheel drive car. The first AWD version was the ‘syncro’ model that was launched in 1984.

EQUIPMENT

The Passat Alltrack has the same standard equipment as the Passat GT (such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, Discover Navigation, 3Zone electronic climate control, remote electrically foldable door mirrors, Bluetooth and parking sensors) plus a wide range of interior and exterior trim enhancements.

There is a full range of electronic assistance and connectivity features available in the current Passat: It is compatible with Apple and Android mobile phones, and includes Volkswagen Car-Net ‘App-Connect’ (based on Mirrorlink, CarPlay and Android Auto applications). It also boasts Car-Net Guide & Inform.

The Active Info Display is available as an option for the Passat Alltrack. This is a 12.3-inch screen that is located where the rev counter and speedometer usually reside. All instruments – including displays specific to the Passat Alltrack – are implemented virtually by software. For example, navigation information can be displayed between the rev counter and the speedometer as a map in 2D or 3D. In this case, the round instruments are relocated to the side to make more room for the map display. Information on driving and assistance functions can be integrated into the graphic areas of the speedometer and rev counter as needed. Data that can be displayed on the centre console via the infotainment system (e.g. phone contact images or CD covers), can also be shown in the Active Info Display. The display has a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels, which enables an extremely precise display with high-quality graphics.

A feature in the latest Passat Alltrack is the head-up display. This is available as an option. It projects important information, such as vehicle speed, navigation pictograms or the parameters of the Adaptive Cruise Control ACC directly into the driver's primary field of vision. Thanks to this projection the drivers eyes remain focused on the road whilst taking in the information. Reaction time can also be significantly reduced by projecting warning messages directly into the driver's visual field.

DESIGN

Standard exterior features include lightweight engine underbody protection, redesigned bumpers (at the front with custom fog lights, at the rear with integrated trapezoidal trims for the exhaust system) and door mirror housings in ‘matt chrome’ finish. Anodised silver roof rails, custom 17-inch alloy wheels and rugged wheel arches and side sill mouldings in ‘anthracite’ (side sills with trim in aluminium look) complete the exterior design.

‘Alltrack’ badges feature on the front grille, tailgate and front wings, and the tailgate also displays the motor designation and the ‘4MOTION’ badge as a reference to the standard all-wheel drive.

Like the exterior, the interior of the Passat Alltrack has been specifically modified to express its independent and all-terrain character. Modifications range from comfort seats in fabric/Alcantara, elegant trims and stainless steel sill tread plates to floor mats with flat felled seams. The rugged looking pedals come in brushed stainless steel. In addition, the infotainment menu has been customised for the Passat Alltrack (with off-road information).

Dimensions for the Passat Alltrack differ in some instances from those of standard Passat Estate:

Loadspace volume – 639 / 1,769 litres - (Passat Estate - 650 /1,780 litres) (measured using VDA method)

Overall length – 4,777 mm (Estate – 4,767 mm)

Overall height – 1,506 mm (Estate – 1,477mm)

Ground clearance – 174mm (Estate – 145mm)

The wheelbase is the same for both models at 2,791 mm.

Overall width across the door mirrors is also the same, at 2,083 mm.

ENGINES

The Passat Alltrack is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It’s available in two configurations, one producing 150 PS and the other 190 PS. Both incorporate Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology and BlueMotion Technology. The 150 PS version has a six-speed manual gearbox and the 190 PS has a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

The 150 PS engine has a combined fuel cycle figure of 57.6 mpg, and the 190 PS engine’s combined figure is 54.3 mpg.

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The Passat Alltrack was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015. It’s a four-wheel drive version of the Passat Estate, modified to provide both on-road and off-road capabilities.

The Passat Alltrack was available to order in the UK from June 2015 and deliveries began in November the same year. It makes up around five per cent of UK Passat Estate sales.

Ground clearance is increased by 27.5 mm over the standard Passat Estate, to 174 mm. And additional underbody protection confirms its off-road ability. The car provides an excellent combination of performance, comfort, loadspace, traction in poor conditions and overall cost of ownership.

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

The Passat Alltrack’s off-road capability comes via 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive with a Haldex coupling. This sends drive almost instantly to the rear wheels when it is needed. Front-wheel drive is the default to minimise fuel consumption.

The EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) electronically provides similar benefits to that of limited slip differentials at the front and rear. If a wheel starts to spin, they ensure that drive power is directed to the wheel on the opposite side within fractions of a second.

Furthermore, the Passat Alltrack is equipped with the additional function XDS+ on the front and rear axles which brakes the wheels on the inside of a bend during fast cornering and thus perfects the steering response (more precise steering angle), improves the traction, increases agility and, last but not least, enables a higher speed when exiting bends. In technical terms, XDS+ is a functional extension of the electronic differential locks.

The driver can select ‘Off-road’ mode, which adds Hill Descent Assist and gives more progressive accelerator control. When driving onto a downhill slope with a gradient of more than 10 per cent, the speed is limited to a minimum of 2 km/h and a maximum of 30 km/h. The driver can vary this speed within these limits at any time by accelerating or braking. The readiness of Hill Descent Assist is signalled by a function symbol in the display of the instrument cluster. This function indicator changes its colour from grey to white when the system actively brakes. Hill Descent Assist becomes inactive as soon as the downhill gradient is less than 5 per cent.

In addition, ‘Off-road’ mode adapts ABS to off-road surfaces and the automatic DSG gearbox retains lower gears and suppresses unwanted upward shifts. The tyres can build up a wedge of stones etc. on loose surfaces during emergency stops, thus reducing the stopping distance.

The Passat Alltrack is an ideal towing car, with a towing capacity of 2,200 kg and an innovative Trailer Assist function. This greatly simplifies reversing manoeuvres with a caravan or any type of trailer.

The Passat has a strong history as an all-wheel drive car. The first AWD version was the ‘syncro’ model that was launched in 1984.

EQUIPMENT

The Passat Alltrack has the same standard equipment as the Passat GT (such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, Discover Navigation, 3Zone electronic climate control, remote electrically foldable door mirrors, Bluetooth and parking sensors) plus a wide range of interior and exterior trim enhancements.

There is a full range of electronic assistance and connectivity features available in the current Passat: It is compatible with Apple and Android mobile phones, and includes Volkswagen Car-Net ‘App-Connect’ (based on Mirrorlink, CarPlay and Android Auto applications). It also boasts Car-Net Guide & Inform.

The Active Info Display is available as an option for the Passat Alltrack. This is a 12.3-inch screen that is located where the rev counter and speedometer usually reside. All instruments – including displays specific to the Passat Alltrack – are implemented virtually by software. For example, navigation information can be displayed between the rev counter and the speedometer as a map in 2D or 3D. In this case, the round instruments are relocated to the side to make more room for the map display. Information on driving and assistance functions can be integrated into the graphic areas of the speedometer and rev counter as needed. Data that can be displayed on the centre console via the infotainment system (e.g. phone contact images or CD covers), can also be shown in the Active Info Display. The display has a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels, which enables an extremely precise display with high-quality graphics.

A feature in the latest Passat Alltrack is the head-up display. This is available as an option. It projects important information, such as vehicle speed, navigation pictograms or the parameters of the Adaptive Cruise Control ACC directly into the driver's primary field of vision. Thanks to this projection the drivers eyes remain focused on the road whilst taking in the information. Reaction time can also be significantly reduced by projecting warning messages directly into the driver's visual field.

DESIGN

Standard exterior features include lightweight engine underbody protection, redesigned bumpers (at the front with custom fog lights, at the rear with integrated trapezoidal trims for the exhaust system) and door mirror housings in ‘matt chrome’ finish. Anodised silver roof rails, custom 17-inch alloy wheels and rugged wheel arches and side sill mouldings in ‘anthracite’ (side sills with trim in aluminium look) complete the exterior design.

‘Alltrack’ badges feature on the front grille, tailgate and front wings, and the tailgate also displays the motor designation and the ‘4MOTION’ badge as a reference to the standard all-wheel drive.

Like the exterior, the interior of the Passat Alltrack has been specifically modified to express its independent and all-terrain character. Modifications range from comfort seats in fabric/Alcantara, elegant trims and stainless steel sill tread plates to floor mats with flat felled seams. The rugged looking pedals come in brushed stainless steel. In addition, the infotainment menu has been customised for the Passat Alltrack (with off-road information).

Dimensions for the Passat Alltrack differ in some instances from those of standard Passat Estate:

Loadspace volume – 639 / 1,769 litres - (Passat Estate - 650 /1,780 litres) (measured using VDA method)

Overall length – 4,777 mm (Estate – 4,767 mm)

Overall height – 1,506 mm (Estate – 1,477mm)

Ground clearance – 174mm (Estate – 145mm)

The wheelbase is the same for both models at 2,791 mm.

Overall width across the door mirrors is also the same, at 2,083 mm.

ENGINES

The Passat Alltrack is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It’s available in two configurations, one producing 150 PS and the other 190 PS. Both incorporate Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology and BlueMotion Technology. The 150 PS version has a six-speed manual gearbox and the 190 PS has a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

The 150 PS engine has a combined fuel cycle figure of 57.6 mpg, and the 190 PS engine’s combined figure is 54.3 mpg.

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