Passat with a beard

Wolfsburg, 18 February 2015

Volkswagen presented at the Geneva Motor Show ( March 3 to 15 2015), the new edition of the Passat Alltrack. At first glance you can see the forest and meadows variant by much gray plastic at sills, wheel arches and skirts. There is also an underride protection and significantly more ground clearance ( 27.5 millimeters, to be exact ). And because VW apparently serious about " alltrack " she spendieren independent of the engine for the latest Haldex5 - wheel drive and a new off-road mode.

New off-road mode and 2,200 pounds of towing capacity

This is the Passat Alltrack addition to the modes Eco, Normal, Sport and individual available and is according to VW " with an armada of assistance systems " to work. These include an ABS adjustment for shorter braking distances on loose surfaces, a Bergan-and Hill Descent Assist, a better control of the accelerator pedal and an additional off-road ratio in the six-speed DSG. And if you do not just like to leave the tar, but always something to take on the hook: The Alltrack pulls slowed up to 2,200 kilograms.

Towing a trailer for beginners

Speaking of drag: How the new Passat is also available in the Passat Alltrack (which is more likely than average ordered according to VW with trailer coupling) to the amazingly clever Trailer Assist He should make strenuous maneuvering with a trailer to his nerves snap.. In order to rank the team from a road backwards into a driveway, you just place the car in reverse and presses a key. In the instrument cluster of the rear-view camera, the current and the possible driving angles are now displayed based. Using the joystick knob for the exterior mirror adjustment can then set the desired direction of his trailer combination continuously. The Passat takes over the predetermined steering commands. And brake throttle only one still needs themselves. Direction corrections are permanently available on the mirror adjustment.

150 to 240 hp

When driving the Passat Alltrack VW relies on strong helper. Two TSI petrol engine with 150 and 220 hp and three diesel with 150, 190 and 240 hp are up for the Combined crossover. Both 150 - hp engines come with a six-speed manual, while the remaining units depend on a standard six-speed DSG. Only the 220 ​​PS TSI and the 240 PS TDI are standard equipped with + XDS you want with the brakes on the inside wheel enhance driving dynamics in fast corners. Robust-strong diet, there are also alltrack interior. Who can not distinguish it immediately from the interior of the normal Passat, should have a look at the stainless steel door sill plates, the aluminum pedals or the " floor mats with double lap " throw. The new Passat Alltrack has its launch in late September 2015. Prices are likely to be called at the Geneva show. For information: The entry will probably be slightly above the 31 325 euros, which costs a Passat with 150 HP diesel at best. (sw)