The Volkswagen is not always on the forefront when it comes to unleashing new competitive models. The German carmaker will have a great 2017 model year with the release of the new 2017 VW Passat Alltrack. Set to resemble the Subaru Outback with a raised ride height, the all-wheel-drive model will feature other body add-ons to give it the appealing off-road crossover look. The 2017 VW Passat Alltrack boasts of a responsive and fuel-efficient engine, upscale interior, standard all-wheel drive and sophisticated ride. The car is a show of intent by Volkswagen to tap into the increasingly popular wagons sub-segment. With a more rugged styling and an additional 0.8 inch of ground clearance, the Alltrack should be able to clear some snowier driveways and bigger rocks.
2017 VW Passat Alltrack – Platform and Design:
The front and rear ends are redesigned to portray an aggressive look. The 2017 VW Alltrack also comes with 17-or 18- inch wheels that enhance its look. It features model-specific, but rather nondescript, trim and fabric.
It also features fog lights to enhance your driving experience during changing weather patterns. The Alltrack also comes with a brown leatherette upholstery option that is not available on other Golfs.
The 2017 VW Passat Alltrack offers a good blend of easy handling and compliant ride quality. This is as a result of its quick response to inputs, precise steering and ability to navigate corners exceptionally. The driving-mode selector, which tweaks transmission parameters and throttle, adds an off-road mode to enhance the Alltrack’s off-road capability. This activates hill descent control while also reprogramming the traction-control system. It also lengthens the ABS pulses to allow dirt, gravel or snow to pile up in front of the wheels. This, in turn, shortens the braking distance when decelerating hard on loose terrains. In off-road mode, the display screen shows a compass, altitude and the steering wheel angle.
The interior features aluminum-trimmed pedals, standard leatherette seats, Alltrack logos, and ambient lighting. Some of the optional standard equipment available for the 2017 VW Alltrack includes a backup camera, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a 6.5-inch touch screen, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors with Park Assist and a lane-keep assist.
2017 VW Passat Alltrack – Powertrain Configuration:
The 2017 VW Alltrack will come with a 1.8-liter gasoline turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 180 hp. The new model will have a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The engine should be able to accelerate the car to a top speed of about 125 mph and 60 mph in about 7.7 seconds. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive uses a central electrohydraulic clutch system.
2017 VW Passat Alltrack – Rumors Date and Price:
The 2017 VW Passat Alltrack is expected to go on sale in the fall of 2016. The official price tag has not been announced.