Volkswagen has revealed the Alltrack version of the new Passat ahead of a public debut set for Geneva Motor Show early next month.

Volkswagen has revealed the Alltrack version of the new Passat ahead of a public debut set for Geneva Motor Show early next month.

Based on the latest Passat Variant, the new Alltrack derivative comes with a 27.5 mm increased ride height and adopts a slightly more rugged design with plastic body cladding on the wheel arches and sill trims while the front and rear bumpers have a different design to improve the car's approach and departure angles when travelling on bumpy roads. Volkswagen has also installed stainless steel underbody plates to protect the car's vulnerable components.

The Passat Alltrack comes as standard with a 4MOTION on-demand all-wheel drive system which in normal road conditions channels the engine's power to the front wheels but whenever more grip is necessary the Haldex coupling kicks in and sends power to the rear axle to improve traction. The standard differential lock transfers power to whichever wheel has the most traction.

Volkswagen has also added an "Off Road" driving mode which upon activation will alter the braking input, throttle response and the hill start & descent systems to further boost the car’s grip on slippery roads.

As you would expect, the engines are sourced from the regular Passat Variant and these include a 150 HP 1.4 TSI and a 220 HP 2.0 TSI along with three 2.0 TDIs developing 150 HP, 190 HP and 240 HP. The most powerful gasoline and diesel engines come with the firm's XDS+ system capable of applying the brakes to the inside wheels during quick cornering to improve stability.

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack will premiere in less than two weeks at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

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