When Volkswagen launched its 2012 Passat, we were a little disappointed to hear that American buyers probably won't be able to dive into a wagon version and that the company's 4Motion all-wheel drive system wasn't slated for the option sheet either. Volkswagen's engineers said that the platform simply wasn't suited to putting power to all four wheels, despite the fact that the body tray clearly has a center tunnel to accommodate a driveshaft. Now Autobild is reporting that the German manufacturer may be considering the creation of a Passat-based crossover that would offer all of the storage and go-anywhere goodness of a Passat Wagon 4Motion.
According to a poorly translated report, the vehicle will boast a taller ride height and plenty of plastic body cladding to protect it from the slings and arrows of errant rocks and sticks. All-wheel drive will be an option as well, though there are no solid details on what to expect from the engine or transmission departments.

Do we like the idea of jacking up the Passat to make it fit into the crossover crowd? Some of us do, some of us don't. Either way, we're guessing that the vehicle would be little more than a spring-and-damper swap away from riding as low as its four-door counterpart. Still, all of that plastic body cladding doesn't seem to fit with the typically clean design language, but we'll take a Passat wagon of any sort, even if it's been given the Allroad treatment. It'll take some time to find out whether there's any meat to these rumors, of course, and it'll likely take more time still to figure out if the rumored model might see North American dealers. In the meantime, head over to Autobild to see a full rendering of the vehicle.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB got it wrong, this will not be a wagon according to several sources. This will be a Pilot/Traverse competior that just happens to ride on an enlarged Passat platform. But I'm hoping AB got it right this time. An AWD Passat wagon! This should be a steal in the market, especially if it has the 3,6 VR6 as an option.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's clearly not coming to the US in any form
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        AOL should consider making an Autoblog Kids, you'd fit right in if that were to happen.
        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lets hope you go back to commenting on Yahoo News like most uninformed people do
        CLASSIFIED
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Lets hole it"? All you do is post troll comments on Autoblog all day and you can't even get that right? You = Failure.
        Keven Fitzpatrick
        • 3 Years Ago
        they should hire somebody to pop a cap in your ass
      Enzo22
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will it just be called the VW Passover?
      ALafya
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a consumer looking for a AWD vehicle, preferably in wagon style, it would be an easy choice to skip VW altogether, as they are unreliable and do not offer their (inferior) 4-motions on most of their vehicles.
        razorpit
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        My 110,000 mile, 2004 Passat 4-Motion Wagon disagrees with everything you posted. It runs circles around just about every SUV/AWD vehicle out there when the white stuff hits the ground. An Audi (same AWD system) or Subaru is about the only thing which comes close. The only thing I don't have is ground clearance. While I doubt this new vehicle will have the same 4-Motion system it'll still be better than the majority of the systems on Honda's, Toyota's, Ford's, running around now. (We have a new AWD Edge that's good but not great in the snow.) The best part of owning a wagon? I can actually use the roof rack for bikes and ski's without needing a step ladder... :-)
          bhtooefr
          • 3 Years Ago
          @razorpit
          This would use the Haldex transverse system. Your Passat, as you mentioned, uses an Audi system - in fact, your whole Passat is basically a long wheelbase Audi A4.
      TahsinZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW is clearly following Honda's lead with the CrossTour
        CombatChuk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TahsinZ
        Audi had it first with the All-Road
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TahsinZ
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          TahsinZ
          • 3 Years Ago
          Although when I look at this more closely, it seems that VW has rebuilt a Volvo XC70
      • 3 Years Ago
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      bigbadbull
      • 3 Years Ago
      No wagon no sale for me, last thing we need is another 'ute Also 2.0T and AWD is needed.
      Kevin Shankwiler
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it looks anything like the rendering - sign me up!
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