Volkswagen will showcase a new Golf Alltrack at the Paris Motor Show 2014, crossing estate car and SUV to take the Golf range into yet another market sector.
The spiritual successor to the 1980s Volkswagen Golf Syncro, the new Golf Alltrack comes with a 4MOTION four-wheel drive system, raised ride height and tough body protection that extends to standout new wheelarch mouldings. It’s up to 20mm higher than a regular Golf estate and has a bespoke set of bumpers with the obligatory aluminium-effect skid plates.
Volkswagen has even anticipated potential off-road use and developed a new ‘Offroad’ electronic driving profile. This includes hill descent control, a less aggressive accelerator pedal map and a more off road-friendly configuration of the ABS system. It’s complemented by off road-tune suspension.
The 4Motion system is the latest Haldex-5 setup, which decouples the rear wheels in normal running to drive only the front wheels and thus save fuel. The rear wheels are variably engaged in a split-second and the system can send almost 100 per cent of drive to the rear axle; control is added by an EDS electronic differential lock and XDS front and rear.
Volkswagen offers the Golf Alltrack with four engines:
1.8 TSI 180 DSG 177bhp (180PS), 0-62mph 7.8 seconds, 41.5mpg
1.6 TDI 110 108bhp (110PS), 0-62mph TBA, 57.6mpg
2.0 TDI 150 147bhp (150PS), 0-62mph 8.9 seconds, 57.6mpg
2.0 TDI 184 DSG 181bhp (184PS), 0-62mph 7.8 seconds 55.4mpg
The 1.8-litre TSI 180 is actually a new engine to the Golf range, which develops 206lb ft of pulling power at a diesel-like 1350rpm – it’s thus ideally suited to the load-lugging Golf Alltrack, says Volkswagen. Expect it to roll out in other Golfs later.
The sister car to the larger Passat Alltrack, Volkswagen says the Golf Alltrack should prove similarly adept at towing, thanks to a towing weight of up to 2000kg.
We haven’t yet seem any interior images but Volkswagen says the makeover is as extensive as the exterior – even stretching to special ‘Tracks’ dashboard and interior door trim. There are Alltrack badges on the front seats and a centre console in Dark Magnesium. Buyers can even option a Golf GTI-style black rooflining.
Volkswagen UK told us it expects the new Golf Alltrack to arrive in Britain next summer; expect prices and ordering to be announced in spring 2015 – and see it in full next week at the Paris Motor Show 2014.