Volkswagen Golf Alltrack at New York

Volkswagen Details the Golf Alltrack Before Its Fall Arrival

Last year at the New York Auto Show, Volkswagen showed a prototype of a rugged Golf Sportswagen to gauge interest. Called the Alltrack, this model would give the Subaru XV Crosstrek some competition. It seems there was a lot of interest as Volkswagen has announced the Golf Alltrack would be coming to the U.S. for the 2017 model year.

The Golf Alltrack takes a standard Sportwagen and increases ground clearance from 5.5 to 6.3 inches. There's also new body cladding, revised bumpers, and honeycomb wheels ranging from 17 to 18-inches.

Power will come from a turbocharged 1.8L turbo-four producing 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include six-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual. The manual option will be available at a later date. Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system will come standard. The system operates in front-wheel drive to maximize fuel economy. But if the system detects wheel slip, the system can send up to 50 percent of power to improve traction.

There is an off-road mode that optimizes the traction control system and adds the use of hill-descent control.

“We heard from dealers and customers that they wanted to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from an all-wheel drive system. We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to meet the active lifestyle needs of our customers," said Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy of Volkswagen of America, Inc in a statement.

Volkswagen says the Golf Alltrack arrives at dealers this fall. No word on pricing at the moment.

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