Track less travelled
It’s worked for Skoda . . . now Vwwants some Outback pie
In price terms, the Alltrack will sit slightly above the Czech-built Skoda, which is a derivative of the Octavia range.
The Alltrack is aimed at broadening the appeal of the highly competent but visually bland new-generation Passat, launched here earlier this year.
Some markets will get both front- and all-wheel-drive versions but Australia is likely to take only the4wd model, powered by the familiar 125kw four-cylinder turbodiesel driving the six-speed twinclutch automatic DSG.
Due here mid-next year, the Alltrack is based on the platform of the Passat 4Motion V6 wagon, which shares the Haldexawdwith the Tiguan SUV. Pricing will be unveiled closer to the launch date.
But it will be cheaper than the $57,990 of the 4Motion wagon and dearer than the existing front-drive $45,990 considered by the company for Australia.
They have a high stance and off-road looks but are simply standard front-drive models with raised suspensions.
Town and country: Vw’snewalltrack