Volkswagen AG will debut its new Alltrack wagon at the Tokyo auto show. Based on the European-market Passat, the Alltrack features the amenities people need for light-duty off-roading and light towing applications.
The Passat Alltrack has VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system that can send 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels if needed, but is normally driven using front-wheel power.
The Alltrack features an off-road mode, similar to that on the VW Tiguan. This activates hill descent assist, which automatically brakes the vehicle when the descent angle is greater than 10 degrees.
The new car gets SUV-style bumpers with wheel-well and side-sill flares. It has a bigger off-road ramp angle, approach angle, departure angle and higher ground clearance all around. VW says it's an excellent alternative for driving on unpaved roads.