Volkswagen recently unveiled a variation of their Golf SportWagen that will be available for the first time in the States this fall, 2016 – the 2017 Golf Alltrack. Designed to appeal to drivers shopping for a crossover with a little more ruggedness and off-roading capabilities, the Golf Alltrack will offer multiple features not currently available on the SportWagen. We explore the differences between the 2017 Golf Alltrack and the Golf SportWagen in our coverage of Volkswagen at the New York International Auto Show.
What is the 2017 Golf Alltrack?
The Golf Alltrack builds upon the VW SportWagen as a base, adding all-terrain capability and sport accents to appeal to drivers with active lifestyles. Most importantly, the Alltrack will house the Golf family’s standard turbocharged, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder TSI engine that makes 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque for optimal driver engagement, no matter where your Alltrack wants to go.
|2017 Golf Alltrack||vs||Golf SportWagen|
|1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder||Engine||1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder|
|Six-speed dual-clutch||Transmission||Five-speed manual|
|4MOTION all-wheel drive||Drivetrain||Front-wheel drive|
2017 Golf Alltrack off-roading capabilities
The major difference between the new 2017 Golf Alltrack and the current generation of Golf SportWagen is the Alltrack’s off-roading capabilities. While German Engineering ensures the Golf Alltrack handles well and gets excellent fuel economy ratings (like its sibling, the SportWagen), VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system allows the Alltrack to go where the SportWagen has never gone before. As soon as the system notices a wheel slipping, up to 50% of the Alltrack’s total torque power can be shifted to the rear wheels for traction and stability. An additional Drive Mode selector offers “Off-Road” Mode, which adds hill descent control and optimizes traction control when you take your Alltrack off the pavement.
When will the 2017 Golf Alltrack be available?
The Golf Alltrack will be arriving at dealerships this fall 2016 and will feature the attractive standard interior features available now on the Golf SportWagen, like a 6.5-inch color touchscreen, a rearview camera, and Volkswagen’s latest Car-Net App-Connect technology. Contact our sales department today for the latest on pricing and availability.