Volkswagen first teased the 2017 Golf Alltrack at last year’s New York Auto Show with the company revealing preliminary details about the upcoming model. This year Volkswagen has let the cat out of the bag and has unveiled the production version of the Alltrack ahead of its official debut.
Essentially a more rugged version of the standard Golf SportWagen, the Alltrack stands out thanks to its standard 4Motion all-wheel drive system, a one inch suspension lift, as well as copious amounts of exterior body cladding. The equipment package does remind us of the A4 Allroad but unlike the Audi, Volkswagen is aiming to bring this newfound capability in a smaller package.
“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,” stated Joreg Sommer Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to meet the active lifestyle needs of our customers.”
Performance for the Golf Alltrack comes from the standard car’s 1.8 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine which is good for 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. For the moment, a six speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is the sole choice avalible but Volkswagen did reveal that a six speed manual variant will appear sometime after launch.
The interior of the Alltrack does not radically depart from what has already been seen in standard SportWagen’s, but the model does gain some welcome upgrades including leatherette seating surfaces, a 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a rear backup camera. The Alltrack also features an exclusive “Off Road Mode” that features hill descent control and alters the car’s stability control to allow it to handle rough terrain though don’t expect it to get the jump on more off road focused vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler anytime soon. Instead, this suite of features will help the Alltrack become a better companion in inclement weather especially snow and ice.
Look for the 2017 Volkswagen Alltrack to go on sale in fall with pricing as well as final fuel economy figures being released closer to its official launch.