Volkswagen's high-riding Passat Alltrack makes its local debut this week, ahead of its market launch next month.
Based upon the Passat 125TDI wagon, the AllTrack gets a boost in ride height from 135mm to 165mm, extra body-cladding on the wheelarches, side skirts and on the lower portion of the bumpers.
Only one powertrain will be offered, Volkswagen's familiar 125kW and 350Nm turbodiesel inline four. Fuel consumption is listed at 6.3 l/100km.
Backed up by a six-speed DSG twin-clutch transmission, power is taken to all four wheels via VW's 4Motion AWD system.
As it does with the Tiguan SUV, the on-demand 4Motion system sends most of the engine's power to the front wheels under normal use, but, when needed, it can direct every drop to the rear.
Hill descent assist helps keep the Alltrack under control when rolling down slippery slopes, and the raised ride height improves approach and departure angles to 16 and 13.6 degrees respectively.
In Off-Road mode, the 4Motion system offers Hill Descent Assist at speeds up to 30km/h, along with enhanced opertion of the ABS and electronic differential locks.
In keeping with the rest of the Passat range, the Alltrack features standard a 6.5-inch satellite navigation screen, rear-view camera and a power tailgate, plus a leather-appointed interior.
Other standard features include dual zone climate control, electric driver's seat backrest adjustment, auto wipers and headlights.
Bluetooth phone and audio streaming is standard, while iPod/USB connectivity is an optional extra.
The Passat Alltrack comes with eight airbags, daytime running lights, ESP and a fatigue detection system.
Optional extras include a $3300 Driver Assistance and Visibility package, adding LED tail-lights and bi-xenon adaptive headlights, LED daytime running lights, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
There's also a $2800 Sport pack, including the 'Canyon' 18-inch alloy wheel design and self-sealing tyres, Nappa leather sports seats in the front, tinted glass at the rear and paddle gear shifters.
Individual options include a $2000 sunroof, $2000 adaptive cruise control with collision warning and auto emergency braking, $900 Park Assist 2 and $700 metallic or pearl paint.
Available from November, the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is priced at $47,790 (plus on-roads).