The Variant was introduced in November 1980. The Variant Synchro, introduced in October 1984 until June 1988, with 115hp 2-litre engine, was the first Volkswagen passenger car with permanent four-wheel drive. This four-wheel drive system shared the Audi 80 Quattro mechanics and not the Golf Synchro.
Passat Variant II
Front-wheel drive/ 4MOTION four-wheel drive