Volkswagen Alltrack Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

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  • Looks like: Volkswagen is teasing U.S. consumers with a European-market off-road-ready wagon
  • Defining characteristics: Diesel engine, all-wheel drive, extra ground clearance
  • Ridiculous features: None to speak of, unless you consider the idea of an off-road wagon ridiculous
  • Chance of being mass-produced: VW says there are no plans to bring the Alltrack to the U.S.

Volkswagen's luxury brand, Audi, has a history of building off-road-ready wagons with its Allroad line; VW follows suit with the debut of the Alltrack concept. The car is based on the Passat Alltrack sold in Europe, but Volkswagen says the concept is only meant to gauge reaction and not intended for the U.S.

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Despite plastic cladding around the wheel openings and revised bumper styling, the Alltrack remains more wagon than crossover in appearance. To improve the car's off-road potential, Volkswagen has increased its ground clearance by 1.2 inches, added steel skidplates to protect the underbelly and fitted the car with an off-road-driving program for the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

Available at speeds up to 18 mph, the off-road program modifies the intervention threshold for the antilock brakes, shortens the reaction time of the electronic differential locks to limit wheelspin, and reduces the sensitivity of the gas pedal for better control at low speeds.

Power comes from a familiar source: Volkswagen's turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine. The four-cylinder makes 140 horsepower and 236 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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Comments 

65Chrysler300

Bring it, VW. The only thing this needs to be a perfect car is a six speed manuel.

chuck

Nice alternative to an Outback. I'm interested...

Uk Diesel Driver

Also for sale as an FWD in Europe... Same trick is done by a lot of manufacturers in the EU, including Skoda and Peugeot, but seems to have originated with the Renault Scenic 1st generation.

Transverse

What's the deal with VW wanting to be Toyota so bad? First, they restyle the front clip of fhe jetta to look exactly like a early 90s Toyota Camry. Now they've taken Toyota's All Trac moniker for this camry wagon clone. That's right, Toyota had four wheel drive Camrys called "all trac" from 1988 to 1991. Why did VW drop the "four motion" brand?

Market Researcher

This would be a great addition to the Chattanooga Plant. Plus, we need more competion in the wagon market. Maybe this might lead other makers to follow suit and compete. For growing families like mine this would be a great solution for the 2nd car. As opposed to the CUV or Minivan choices.

L.M.C.& Co

Transverse It is a Passet Alltrack, with 4 Motion. VW did not drop the 4 Motion brand, And the Alltrack is just a cheaper Audi Allroad

mike

This would be a great car if they brought it here. Mark at least one sale to me. And truthfully, let's just call is the Passat wagon and offer it with 2 wheel drive, and just make this 4 wheel drive 'alltrack' a different version of the passat wagon. This would really be an attactive car option......

Jordiie

I think VW should sell it in USA, I think everyone should invest in wagons, the make a GM one here (Holden Sportwagon) and i saw FOUR! at the lights the other day...they are more popular than the sedan I reckon...they look awesome, especially as a HSV model.

whooosh.s8

Put one in my garage also to replace my Wife's aging Volvo XC70. Why haven't we figured out diesel before now? Every time I fly to Europe on business I get one and love the technology. We're also looking at the new Allroad, but this would work for us.

bob

a diesel awd decent sized wagon..I WANT ONE

VWAllTrackinUSAPlease

Man-wagon with style. I would buy this car today!

Per Eliasen

VW: PLEASE bring the Alltrack to the USA!

Like hundreds, if not thousands, of my fellow road-reps out there,who drive 30-50K miles/year, we need the vertues of your TDI Alltrak wagon for business. Besides think of all the consumers who are finally waking up to the economy & power of your TDI power plants! You already know this, just look at your very own sales numbers for 2013 of Jetta,Golf and your US-made Passat...

Kristine Buckley

I love the looks of this prototype and hope it will be available by Fall 2014!

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