Subaru Outback watch out. The Volkswagen Golf is getting the outdoorsy Alltrack treatment come this fall. So if you’ve been looking for a new option for those family camping trips, VW hears you.
After showing off a prototype at last year’s New York Auto Show, the automaker is bringing the production version of its Golf Alltrack to this year’s event. With its body adjustments and all-wheel-drive, it falls into a class with the Subaru Outback.
U.S. Volkswagen exec Joerg Sommer says he’s excited VW will offer the Alltrack as an option for the more “outdoorsy” drivers. He believes it fills a current void in the lineup.
The production model, based on the SportWagen, comes with a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine, the same engine used in other Golf models. In the Alltrack, it delivers 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed dual clutch DSG automatic transmission. VW says a six-speed manual will arrive later.
The Alltrack comes standard with 4MOTION all-wheel-drive with the newest Haldex-5 system. It also gets about an inch more of ground clearance. Drivers switch on the off-road handling with the Off-Road Drive Mode. It adds hill descent control, a special display mode with a compass and steering angle, and adjusts traction settings. This allows for up to half of the available torque to power the rear axles in the when slippery traction is detected. During normal ground conditions, it drives just like a front-wheel-drive model. VW says this helps with fuel economy.
Inside and out, the Alltrack shares a lot with the standard SportWagen. Some differences in the design include unique bumpers, wheel wells, side sills, and exclusive honeycomb front fascia. Other details are the silver roof rails, matte mirror caps, and matte diffuser. The interior offers an optional brown leatherette that is not currently available on the standard model.
The Alltrack can really pack it in for a wagon with 30.4 cubic-feet with the rear seats up and 66.5 when they’re folded. For a comparison, the Outback has 35.5 cubic feet and a total of 73.3 cubic feet when the rear seats are lowered.
We’ll have to wait for pricing details, but for reference, the standard SportWagen starts at $21,625. The 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack arrives this fall.