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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack to Debut at 2014 Paris Auto Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/24/2014 Eric Weiner
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack to Debut at 2014 Paris Auto Show

In the same vein as the Europe-only Passat Alltrack introduced in 2012, a new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack will bow at the 2014 Paris auto show. Essentially a longer, raised version of the new MQB-based Volkswagen Golf hatchback, the more rugged Volkswagen Golf Alltrack will offer European customers a more stylish alternative to the Subaru Outback.

Volkswagen has clearly invested of effort to broaden the appeal of its famous hatchback, showing Golf variants at recent auto shows, including the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen at the 2014 New York auto show. Like that concept (which will likely go into production soon) the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack will offer the Golf’s new 177-hp, 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder TSI gas engine as well as diesel-powered options. The three diesel powertrains include a 109-hp 1.6-liter engine making 184 lb-ft of torque and a pair of 2.0-liter mills. The more modest 2.0-liter diesel produces 148 hp and 251 lb-ft, while the more muscled variant churns out 181 hp and a stout 280 lb-ft. All engines are paired with VW’s familiar six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

For adventurous off-roaders, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack provides a more capable design than the standard hatchback or Sportwagen. It features a Haldex 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, an electronic differential lock, and an off-road driving mode with hill-descent functionality. The additional 0.8 inches of ground clearance, black wheel-arch and bumper moldings, rear underbody protector, side sills, painted mirror caps, 17-inch wheels, and Alltrack badging give the Golf Alltrack a more purposeful look. The cabin aims to keep outdoor-friendly passengers comfortable with a leather-trimmed steering wheel, automatic climate control, chrome accents, and an optional black roofliner.

Volkswagen already offers a Passat Alltrack in Europe, based on its version of the Passat Estate. The last Passat wagon sold in the U.S. departed when production shifted to Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2011.

Right now the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is scheduled to go on sale in the United Kingdom by the summer of 2015, but there are no plans to bring it to the United States. We did hear rumors back in 2012 when the Alltrack Concept debuted in New York that VW was considering a crossover to slot in between the old Jetta Sportwagen and the U.S.-spec Passat Sedan, so it wouldn’t be completely out of left field to see the Golf Alltrack eventually come to domestic showrooms. Still, we’re not holding our breath.

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