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Details of the new and updated Volkswagen models launching in Australia in 2016.


Passat Alltrack — Q1

The rugged B8 Passat wagon-based Alltrack crossover will arrive in Australia by March, complementing the smaller Golf Alltrack and giving VW a rather unique crossover SUV offering.

The second-generation version of the all-wheel-drive Passat Alltrack wagon follows a familiar theme, with off-road-inspired body cladding, heavy duty bashplates on the bumpers, and suspension that’s raised by 27.5mm.

It’s expected that our market’s version will initially, at least, receive only the 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel from the regular Passat. Expect it to command a few grand premium over the regular Passat wagon, pointing to a price in the high $40Ks.


Tiguan — Q4

A massively important launch for the company is the new-generation Tiguan compact SUV, which looks to mark a big step up over the aged current model.

For starters, the new an more ruggedly design model is 60mm longer and 30mm wider than the current car, making it more closely aligned to top-sellers such as the Mazda CX-5.  It also gets a much larger boot, at 521L.

Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB component matrix for transverse engine, front- and all-wheel cars, the Tiguan is nevertheless said to weigh around 50 kilograms less than before.

Volkswagen has already been open about its hope that the new Tiguan will double the sales of the current car. Read all the details on the MY16/17 Tiguan here.

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Amarok update — Q4

The updated 2017 Amarok ute range is expected late in the year, bringing with it some welcome cabin updates such as new infotainment with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Details are a little sketchy at present, we’ll keep you posted. (Current Amarok pictured.)