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2013 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

Saturday, November 10th 2012. | Volkswagen

When the 2013 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack debuted, VW was quite clear the vehicle would by no means make its method into the United States. That explains our surprise when the Alltrack Concept made its solution to the New York auto present ground, even with the automaker insisting it has “no plans to carry this vehicle to market.”

A Passat was once a Passat, and that was that. But today, things have gotten extra complicated. Like Honda does with the Accord, the Passat that Volkswagen builds and affords within the United States is a wholly totally different car from the one it affords overseas. And while we used to have a Passat wagon at our disposal in American showrooms, that one stayed on the opposite shore when the mannequin was split.

And then there’s the Alltrack. Taking a similar strategy to what Volvo took to make its V70 into the XC70, what Subaru does to its Legacy to turn it into an Outback and what (maybe most pertinently) sister-brand Audi does to its A6 to make it the Allroad, the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack production mannequin was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Present back in November with a higher suspension and some rugged-wanting lower physique cladding.

Although the Alltrack – or for that matter, the Passat wagon altogether – just isn’t presently available in the United States, Volkswagen has introduced the abroad model to the New York Auto Show (as a “concept”, thoughts you) in an effort to gauge reaction. If it drums up enough support – and over 80 % of you may have supported in our casual ballot to this point – VW may opt to offer it to American customers as a cheaper different to the Audi Allroad range. The showcar seen right here is fitted with a TDI diesel engine, however presumably if it came to the States, it might be provided with a gasoline engine as its fundamental powerplant. Take a better look in our gallery of excessive-decision dwell pictures from the present floor and the official launch under and decide for yourself.

Our source at Volkswagen tells us the Alltrack Concept is testing the waters for a VW crossover that might slot measurement-wise between the present Jetta Sportwagen and U.S.-spec Passat sedan, likely on the brand new MQB architecture. The powertrain for this soft roader would probably be the identical 2.zero-liter TDI mill as seen in the Alltrack Concept. “In the event you take a look at the current [Jetta] Sportwagen the TDI charge is at about 80-85 p.c,” mentioned our source, “So I believe the potential is there to be all TDI.” Whereas there’s no timeframe on a midsize VW crossover rivals will embody the Subaru Outback and Volvo XC70.

What do you think, should 2013 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack consider bringing an all-wheel-drive model just like the Subaru Outback to the U.S.?

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