The second-generation version of the rugged, all-wheel-drive Passat Alltrack wagon (which is based upon the eighth-generation Passat) follows a familiar theme, with off-road-inspired body cladding, heavy duty bashplates on the bumpers, and suspension that's raised by 27.5mm.
The styling is further emphasised by new alloy wheels (available in 17-, 18- or 19-inch sizes), while silver exterior highlights, new roof rails and plastic cladded wheel arches round out the exterior changes.
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the new-generation Passat Alltrack will arrive in Australia in 2016, possibly within a few months of the regular Passat sedan and wagon range going on sale (fourth quarter of this year).
It is not clear what engines will be offered for the new Passat Alltrack locally - overseas, there are a broad range of engines to choose from, including two turbocharged petrol four-cylinders (a 1.4-litre with 110kW and a 2.0-litre with 162kW), and three turbo diesel options (all 2.0-litre capacity, with outputs of 110kW, 140kW or 177kW).
We'd suspect the brand will offer the high-output petrol and diesel drivetrains, both with dual-clutch automatic transmissions as standard.
Those versions are equipped with VW's XDS+ traction management system that can assist power delivery during cornering. An Off Road mode is also added to all models, with that driving mode joining the standard Eco, Sport and Normal modes.
Stay tuned for more on the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack.
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