Volkswagen is bringing its diesel-powered Passat Alltrack to the States after all. But don't get too excited – it's only coming in the form of a concept car at the New York Auto Show. At least, for now.

We last saw the Alltrack at the Tokyo Motor Show in November where VW announced that it would offer the all-wheel-drive wagon in the UK with two versions of the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-four. The engines are rated at 138 and 168 horsepower, the smaller of which is available with a manual transmission.

Despite the fact that the Tokyo show car was a full-on production model, VW is calling the New York-bound Alltrack a concept to presumably gauge the U.S. public's perception. If Americans seem open to the Alltrack, it would be a welcome alternative to the pricy Audi Allroad and granola-flavored Subaru models.

Check out our Tokyo Motor Show gallery below, and scroll down for the official press blast. Be sure to tell us if you think the Passat Alltrack should come to the states in our poll, as well.




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RUGGED PASSAT ALLTRACK COVERS NEW GROUND FOR VOLKSWAGEN

Volkswagen has today released the first images of the new Passat Alltrack, which is making its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week, ahead of its introduction to the market in early 2012.

Based on the popular and versatile Passat Estate, the Passat Alltrack adds 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a raised ride height that give it greater agility off-road, along with stylish body enhancements that also provide some protection from scrapes when covering rough terrain. These include stainless steel-look front and rear underbody protection panels and flared side sills. Other features include matt chrome roof rails, window surrounds, grille and exterior mirror casings.

At 4,771 mm, the Passat Alltrack is exactly the same length as the Passat Estate, and despite flared wheel arch protection the vehicle's width also remains the same at 1,820 mm. The suspension is raised to increase ground clearance from 135 to 165 mm, which also improves the ramp breakaway angle (significant when crossing the crest of a hill) from 9.5 to 12.8 degrees. Ruggedly styled front and rear bumpers increase the approach angle from 13.5 to 16 degrees, and the departure angle from 11.9 to 13.6 degrees.

As with other Volkswagen vehicles featuring 4MOTION, on the Passat Alltrack the front axle is usually driven, with only 10 per cent of propulsive power going to the rear axle. This saves on fuel. If necessary, almost 100 per cent of power can be sent to the rear axle, through use of an electrohydraulic Haldex clutch.

The Passat Alltrack also features an off-road mode, similar to that on the Tiguan Escape. When switched on (via a dashboard-mounted button), this activates hill descent assist, which automatically brakes the vehicle when the descent angle is greater than 10 degrees. The ABS function is also altered, with higher thresholds for operation on loose surfaces, along with faster-reacting electronic differential locks (EDS) to prevent wheelspin. For vehicles fitted with DSG dual-clutch transmission, the shift pattern is also altered when off-road mode is engaged, with higher shift points to give more power, a flatter and easier to manage accelerator pedal movement and no automatic upshifting in manual mode.

In the UK, the Passat Alltrack will be available as a 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS with six-speed manual gearbox or a 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS with six-speed DSG transmission. Standard equipment will include Alcantara upholstery, 2Zone electronic climate control, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, MDI iPod connectivity, Bluetooth telephone preparation and 18-inch alloys.

Retailers in the UK are expected to start taking orders for the new car in April, with first deliveries scheduled for July. More details including pricing will be available nearer the launch date. For more information on the Volkswagen range visit www.volkswagen.co.uk.


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      Neutral President
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have no strong feelings one way or the other, but Volkswagen should at the very least be thinking of bringing a Passat wagon back to the North American market. Particularly with a diesel. Those vehicles are GREATLY sought after, and since VW doesn't seem to want to bring over the TDI Tiguan, there's a hole in their lineup that needs filling.
        Charlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Neutral President
        No, they're not greatly sought after. If they were, VW would never have discontinued it. The fact that they discontinued with no replacement it means there wasn't enough sales to justify its regulatory conformance costs.
          ilikedags
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Charlie
          vw sell every single jetta tdi wagon they can bring over to the states. have you seen the resale values? they're through the roof, that tells you there's a huge demand. i'd have one today but i need a little more room in the back for my dogs and i'd like a slightly nicer interior.
      Hennessey Tseng
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a TDI Jetta Sportwagen. Would have gotten a bigger wagon if they'd offered a Passat TDI (3 kids) and Since we're so close to Lake Tahoe would have bought a TDI AWD wagon if it had been offered.
        Charlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hennessey Tseng
        How much would you pay for it? Making a TDI with AWD meet emissions in a larger, heavier vehicle would require AdBlue.
      TurboSwede
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see that VW is at least considering doing a wagon variant of the new Passat. I work at a VW dealership, and I have lost count of the people that have asked me when the new Passat wagon will come out. I think there is a demand for it. It may not be huge, but it's there.
      godwhomismike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Diesel wagon with AWD? - Take my money!!!
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should bring the polo and scirocco as well!
      Corey
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they should consider it and price it accordingly. Unfortunately, there aren't too many true alternatives to the Subaru Outback and not everyone (me included) wants/needs an SUV or CUV.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they can make it affordable like the new US only Passat, then bring it over, I'm sure they'll sell...it's a nice looking vehicle, roomy and has good powertrain offers (gas, diesel & turbocharged gas). Conversely, if priced similar to the CC, then these will languish on dealer lots and sell in teeny, tiny numbers, don't even think about bring over.
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is great news. Now hopefully it will be greenlit for production here in the US...
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      So this is basically an Outback with a beter interior, better performance, a DSG, and a diesel option? Yes, please.
      Candy White
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they sold it here, I'd probably buy one once the lease on my GTI is up. If it were a diesel 4-Motion, even better!
      THellURider
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only interested if they bring it over with the diesel. Otherwise, I'll pass.
      George
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much as I like this car and I do think VW should offer it, they should really offer this trim on the Jetta SportWagen. Now that would be nice: Jetta Alltrak!
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