Volkswagen has revealed its own version of models like the Skoda Octavia 4x4 and Audi Allroad with its own Passat Alltrack which will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week.
Retailers in the UK are expected to start taking orders for the new car in April, with first deliveries scheduled for July.
Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date but expect them to be higher than the standard Passat estate which starts at £20,605.
The four-wheel drive Passat features hill descent assist and VW’s 4MOTION technology.
As with other Volkswagen vehicles featuring 4MOTION, on the Passat Alltrack the front axle is usually driven, with only 10% of propulsive power going to the rear axle. If necessary, almost 100% of power can be sent to the rear axle, through use of an electrohydraulic Haldex clutch.
In addition to a raised ride height, practical styling equipment includes stainless steel-look front and rear underbody protection panels and flared side sills. Other features include matt chrome roof rails, window surrounds, grille and exterior mirror casings.
In the UK, the Passat Alltrack will be available as a 2.0-litre TDI 138bhp with six-speed manual gearbox or a 2.0-litre TDI 168bhp with six-speed DSG transmission.
Standard equipment will include Alcantara upholstery, 2Zone electronic climate control, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, MDI iPod connectivity, Bluetooth telephone preparation and 18-inch alloys.