Volkswagen has announced an addition to the Passat lineup with the Passat Alltrack for the European market. Available only in estate form, the Passat Alltrack features Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and is powered by a 2.0-liter TDI engine in either 140 PS or 170 PS flavors. The 140 PS models are mated to a six-speed manual transmission while the 170 PS models get a six-speed DSG transmission as standard.
To back up the Alltrack name, Volkswagen has fitted the Passat with front and rear underbody skid plates, and has increased ground clearance from 135mm to 165mm. As a result, breakaway angle has increased from 9.5 degrees to 12.8 degrees and restyled bumpers increase approach angle from 13.5 to 16 degrees. Volkswagen has also altered the ESP programming on the Passat Alltrack to make it better suited for loose surfaces by making use of an electronic differential to control wheel spin.
The Passat Alltrack will make its debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show and will go on sale in Europe in July, though there is no word on this model making its way over to the North American market.[nggallery id=186]