Volkswagen Alltrack Concept; A Diesel Wagon, But Alas, No Manual

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
volkswagen alltrack concept a diesel wagon but alas no manual

Volkswagen will apparently debut a “concept” version of the Passat Alltrack, a European model that shares little with our Americanized Passat sedan.

Featuring 4Motion all-wheel drive, a 2.0L TDI making 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque and a6-speed DSG gearbox, the Alltrack is like a German Subaru Outback, but with a much desired diesel engine. There’s even a hill descent control feature. Sadly, there is no manual, and no honest-to-goodness Passat wagon either, even though the Alltrack is only 1.2 inches higher than the regular wagon.

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  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on Mar 30, 2012

    I've been holding onto my diesel Benz for fuel diversification (actually cuz I'm too obstinate to part with it for the costs I've sunk into it) but I'd trade it for one of these.. (but I think I'd rather have the K1600GT first :p)

  • Yes_but_maybe Yes_but_maybe on Mar 30, 2012

    Interesting fact: In Europe Subaru sells an Outback Diesel *with* a manual transmission.

  • TonyJZX TonyJZX on Mar 30, 2012

    here's one of the ironies of the world where i am most manufacturers sell diesel models... problem is they can be quite expensive... and they often ONLY have manual as they cannot be bothered to adapt an automatic transmission for the diesel which may have double the torque of the petrol... and if they do have auto its even more expensive as its a niche autobox with very strong internals i've seen $4,000+ for diesel then $2,500+ for auto so basically you never recover the cost especially since diesel is more expensive and service is more

  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Mar 31, 2012

    I really wonder if all the diesel clamorers have ever driven them. I have, and the grass is not greener, friends.

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    • CRConrad CRConrad on Apr 01, 2012

      Depends how you drive, doesn't it? I'm usually an "octogenarian-style" driver, puttering along at the lowest revs I can in order to keep noise as well as fuel consumption down... A diesel would be ideal for me. (But since I got my Exeo 1.8 T I'm discovering the joys of being able to overtake, if needed, swiftly and easily. :-) )