Volkswagen has announced a new vehicle ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The Golf Alltrack is a slightly lifted, a beefed-up version of the Golf wagon, equipped to handle slippery surfaces with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system from Haldex. Electronics help the Alltrack track all over thanks to brake-simulated locking differentials and inside-wheel-braking for improved cornering abilities.

The Golf Alltrack also gets plenty of cosmetic changes to show off its soft-roading skills. A raised ride height, a squared-off and unique front grille, matte-silver accents, and a few interior bits help distinguish the Alltrack from the standard Golf.

Things under the hood are different, too. Volkswagen now includes the 1.8-liter, TSI, gasoline engine in the Golf. Producing 177 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque, the gas engine will scoot the Alltrack to 62 mph in 7.8 seconds. Additionally, VW is offering three TDI engines in the Alltrack; the 1.6-liter TDI and two versions of the 2.0-liter TDI.

This is Volkswagen’s second soft-roader, preceded by the Passat Alltrack. The cars compete for customers against the Audi Allroad, the Volvo XC70, and even the Subaru Outback. The combination of a wagon-like build with SUV-like abilities makes the Alltrack an interesting alternative to crossovers and a good Goldilocks solution to an age-old trade off.

Sadly, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack won’t likely trek to the States. However, the Alltrack’s less-brawny brother, the Golf SportWagen, a concept that debuted at the 2014 New York Auto Show, may in fact hit our shores.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    177 @ 4500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    206 @ 1350
  • Displacement:
    1.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    134 mph
  • Layout:
    Front engine; All Wheel Drive
  • Price:
    35000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Those black fender flairs not only look good, but keep rocks and mud from scratching the paint.

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack gets a sharp, bolder look than the Gold SportWagen concept seen at the New York Auto show. Additional ground clearance with larger wheels and tires catch your attention first. Then grey wheel arches pop out, followed by the matte-silver accents along the lower edges of the wagon.

Those black fender flairs not only look good, but they also keep rocks and mud from scratching the paint. New 17-inch “Valley” alloy wheels are bespoke to the Alltrack as is the unique front fascia with its honeycomb grille and chrome Alltrack badging. Adding to the flair are mirror caps painted in the same “Reflex Silver” as the body accents.

The Alltrack’s chrome exhaust tips are a telltale sign of what lies under the hood. The 1.8-liter gasoline engine gets dual exhaust tips at either end of the rear bumper, while the TDI versions come with dual tips justified to the left.

Interior

The Golf Alltrack gets plenty of accents and special accoutrements. The leather seats come with the “Alltrack” logo prominently embroidered in view. The dashboard and door panels are stitched together with “tracks” that echo the car’s theme. A 4Motion badge is mounted on the center console and chrome trim surrounds the cabin. Of course, leather covers the steering wheel and gear shifter.

Optional features include a black headliner and aluminum pedals. Standard features include automatic climate control, LED map lights both front and rear, the Driver Alert System, and cruise control.

Drivetrain

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Speeding things up are the two versions of the 2.0-liter TDI.

A total of four engines are offered with the Golf Alltrack, with the 1.8-liter TSI being all-new to the Golf lineup. The diesel options include the 1.8-liter TDI that produces 108 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. As the base turbodiesel engine, it gives the Alltrack power best described as “just enough.” Its 0 to 62 mph time is clocked at 12.1 seconds.

Speeding things up are the two versions of the 2.0-liter TDI. The less powerful version puts out 147 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque that send the Alltrack to 62 mph in 8.9 seconds. The high-output 2.0-liter produces 181 horses and 280 pound-feet of torque, helping the Alltrack hit 62 in 7.8 seconds, matching the gasoline version.

While Volkswagen hasn’t announced fuel economy numbers yet, we suspect the TDI versions to get exceptional mileage hovering in the 40 to 45 mpg range.

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Acting in conjunction with the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is Volkswagen’s EDS and XDS systems.

Volkswagen designed the Alltrack’s all-wheel-drive system to enact quickly to changing road conditions, thanks to a Haldex-5 center differential coupling the front and rear axles. In normal conditions, the Alltrack sends all is power to the front axle, helping conserve fuel. When needed, the rear axle is called into play, with the ability to accept nearly 100 percent of the engine’s torque. An electro-hydraulic oil pump takes care of the coupling while a separate control unit continually adjusts the torque split.

Acting in conjunction with the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is Volkswagen’s EDS and XDS systems. The EDS, or electronic differential lock system, utilizes the brakes to keep power flowing to the ground. If a tire starts spinning, the system will engage that wheel’s brakes, effectively sending power to the opposite wheel.

The XDS system works with the electronic stability control system to apply brakes to the inside wheels when driving quickly around a sharp turn. This effectively allows the car to rotate around the bend, though slowing the car’s forward progress. This is especially handy on loose or gravely surfaces.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 1.8 TSI 1.6 TDI 2.0 TDI 2.0 TDI
Output 177 HP @ 4,500 RPM 108 HP @ 3,200 - 4,000 RPM 147 HP @ 3,500 - 4,000 RPM 181 HP @ 3,500 - 4,000 RPM
Torque 206 LB-FT @ 1,350 RPM 184 Lb-FT @ 1,500 - 3,000 RPM 250 Lb-FT @ 1,750 RPM 280 LB-FT @ 1,750 RPM
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 7.8 seconds 12.1 seconds 8.9 seconds 7.8 seconds
Top speed 134 mph 116 mph 128 mph 136 mph

Prices

Volkswagen has not released prices for the 2015 Golf Alltrack. Stay tuned for any information coming from the Paris Motor Show.

Competition

Subaru Outback

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Subaru has made a name for itself in providing some of the toughest, most well accepted all-wheel-drive wagons in the world. With tall ground clearance and a rugged undercarriage, the Outback gets the job done with little fuss. Power comes from the 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder making 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque.

The Outback does lean closer to the crossover segment, but still provide plenty of competition for the Volkswagen. Prices for the Subaru start at $24,895.

Audi Allroad

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Audi employs its quattro all-wheel-drive in propelling the Allroad forward. Like the Volkswagen, the Allroad gets extra body cladding and a lifted suspension. Power comes from the 2.0-liter, TFSI four-cylinder making 220 horsepower. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that helps keep fuel economy in check. In-city driving is rated at 21 mpg while highway driving nets an estimated 28 mpg.

The Allroad is a bit more upscale than the Volkswagen Golf Allroad, and that’s reflected in its base starting price of $45,775.

Conclusion

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The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack looks to be a great bridge between the world of sedan-based wagons and SUV-like crossovers. Its combination of high ground clearance, extra body protection, and a formidable all-wheel-drive system should make the Alltrack a star performer in its category. Hopefully demand will rise for such a vehicle in the U.S., as a 40-mpg crossover alternative would likely catch on.

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Press Release

Volkswagen introduced the Passat Alltrack to close the gap between the on-road and off-road worlds. Now Volkswagen is transferring this concept to another vehicle class in the new Golf Alltrack. Europe’s largest carmaker is celebrating the world premiere of this all-wheel drive model at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris (02 to 19 October). Technical and visual properties of the Golf Alltrack include a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, higher ground clearance, wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers and many other independent exterior and interior features. Available power units are a petrol engine (TSI) and three diesel engines (TDI) – all are powerful turbocharged direct-injection units. The 1.8 TSI with an output of 132 kW / 180 PS is an entirely new addition to the Golf range. TDI versions of the Golf Alltrack will launch at these power levels: 81 kW / 110 PS (1.6 TDI), 110 kW / 150 (2.0 TDI) and 135 kW / 184 PS (2.0 TDI). The versions with 180 PS and 184 PS transfer their power to the all-wheel drive system via a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard.

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Permanent all-wheel drive

4MOTION. The new Golf Alltrack was designed for good performance on both paved roads and light off-road terrain. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system creates the technical foundation here. This system, which is equipped with a latest generation Haldex coupling, activates even before slip occurs and prevents nearly all losses in traction thanks to a proactive control system that adapts to the momentary driving state. Under relatively low engine load conditions, or when coasting, forward propulsion comes primarily from the front axle, while the rear axle is decoupled. This basic drive layout saves on fuel. If necessary, the rear axle can be variably engaged within fractions of a second. This is done by the Haldex-5 coupling, which is activated via an electro-hydraulic oil pump. A control unit continually adjusts the ideal drive torque for the rear axle and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should engage by activating the oil pump. If necessary, nearly 100 per cent of the drive torque can be directed to the rear axle.

EDS and XDS. In addition to the Haldex coupling that acts as a longitudinal lock, the four-wheel EDS system – operating as an electronic differential lock that is integrated in the ESC electronic stability control system – assumes the role of a differential lock at both axles. The Golf Alltrack is also equipped with XDS at the front and rear axles. It optimises steering response by braking the wheels on the inside of a bend during fast driving. As soon as the electronics detect excessively reduced load at one of the wheels on the inside of a bend, the hydraulic unit of the ESC system applies brake pressure to this wheel to restore optimal traction.

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Offroad driving profile and off-road suspension. The combination of the up to 20 mm higher ground clearance, "Offroad" driving profile and 4MOTION four-wheel drive system give the newest Golf off-road driving traits that are typical of an SUV. The "Offroad" driving profile activates a hill descent function (automatically brakes the car), modified accelerator pedal characteristic and off-road configuration of the ABS system (modified control interval when braking forms desirable wedge of gravel in front of wheels). The Golf Alltrack not only offers exceptionally good off-road properties and active safety benefits; it is also an ideal towing vehicle, designed to handle trailer loads of up to 2,000 kg (braked on 12 % incline).

Direct-injection turbocharged engines

One TSI, three TDI engines. As mentioned, the new Golf Alltrack will launch with four four-cylinder engines; they all fulfil the EU-6 emissions standard. The power range of the engines: 81 kW / 110 PS to 135 kW / 184 PS.

1.8 TSI with 180 PS. For the first time in the Golf, Volkswagen is offering a 1.8-litre TSI with 132 kW / 180 PS (from 4,500 rpm). The direct-injection four-cylinder turbocharged engine is ideally suited for use in the Golf Alltrack, because it develops an impressive maximum torque of 280 Nm from a low 1,350 rpm, and maintains this constant value up to 4,500 rpm. The Golf Alltrack 1.8 TSI is equipped with a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard. The versatile vehicle has a top speed of 217 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds. This agility contrasts with an economical fuel consumption figure of 6.8 l/100 km (equates to 158 g/km CO2).

High-tech diesels. All three turbodiesel (TDI) engines of the Golf Alltrack come from the EA288 engine series. These common rail four-cylinder engines, which were introduced in the latest seventh generation Golf, are among the most efficient in the world. Despite their different engine displacements and power levels, they share several key technology modules, including emissions-relevant components such as the fuel injection system, turbocharger and intercooler within the induction module. A sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation system is also used. Also included: oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and NOx storage catalytic converter.

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1.6 TDI with 81 kW / 110 PS. The entry-level engine to the Golf Alltrack range is a 1,598 cc TDI with 81 kW / 110 PS which consumes just 4.7 l/100 km (equates to 124 g/km CO2). The engine reaches its maximum power between 3,200 and 4,000 rpm, and its maximum torque of 250 Nm is available between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. This engine accelerates the Golf Alltrack 1.6 TDI to 100 km/h in 12.1 seconds and enables a top speed of 187 km/h.

2.0 TDI with 150 PS. At the next power level up, Volkswagen uses a 1,968 cc TDI with 110 kW / 150 PS in the Alltrack which has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.9 l/100 km (127 g/km CO2). This 2.0-litre TDI has two balancer shafts which makes it run very smoothly. It develops its maximum power between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm, and its maximum torque of 340 Nm is available from a low 1,750 rpm (up to 3,000 rpm). The Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI has a top speed of 207 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds.

2.0 TDI with 184 PS. This Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI sets a record with an output of 135 kW / 184 PS (at 3,500 to 4,000 rpm), becoming the most powerful Golf ever in an Estate body. The two-litre turbocharged engine delivers its maximum torque of 380 Nm to the 6-speed DSG – which comes as standard on this car – from a low 1,750 rpm. It maintains this constant value up to 3,250 rpm. The car’s power and torque figures, along with its all-wheel drive system not only perfect its off-road properties but also enable trailer loads of up to 2,000 kg (braked on 12 % incline). The engine, which was adapted from the Golf GTD, also delivers extremely sporty driving performance: 7.8 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h and 219 km/h top speed are proof of this. The Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI consumes just 5.1 l/100 km (134 g/km CO2).

Design and customised features

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Exterior – side profile. The Golf Alltrack, which has up to 20 mm additional ground clearance, essentially has the same car body as the Golf Estate. However, much of the exterior of the new model was customised, resulting in a very charismatic vehicle. From the side, the black wheel arch mouldings of the Golf Alltrack are visually prominent; this rugged protection is continued in mouldings that run above the side sills and into the lower areas of the redesigned bumpers. The side sills, painted in matt "Reflex Silver" have sporty flares that offer additional protection. The car’s side body styling is complemented by 17-inch "Valley" alloy wheels designed specifically for the Volkswagen Alltrack models, door mirror caps painted in glossy "Reflex Silver", an "Alltrack" badge on the wings, a chrome trim strip (matt) beneath the side windows and the "Silver" anodised roof rail.

Exterior – front and rear. The independent front end of the Golf Alltrack features a low-profile radiator grille crossbar in the upper front area that sports an aluminium look (matt) and extends into the headlights. The radiator grille in honeycomb design with a chrome "Alltrack" badge was designed in matt "Black". The lower cooling air intake in the fully redesigned bumper also has a honeycomb structure. Another visual highlight here is a distinctive crossbar in "Reflex Silver", which extends across the entire width of the bumper and into the side body where, like a wing, it integrates the standard fog lights (with integrated cornering lights). Underbody protection in "Reflex Silver" completes the lower section of the front end. At the rear, the Golf Alltrack – which is equipped with dark-red rear lights – has a new bumper design with a visually dominant underbody protection in "Reflex Silver". The version with the 180-PS TSI engine can be made out by its dual-branch exhaust system with separate chrome tailpipes on the left and right. Meanwhile, the TDI versions have a sporty visual presence with dual chrome tailpipes on the left side.

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Interior. The high-end interior of the Golf Alltrack reflects its sporty off-road character. In this car, interior styling is defined by such details as a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift lever, custom seat covers with the "Alltrack" badge on the backs of the front seats, accents in "Dark Magnesium" (centre console) and "Tracks" (dashboard and interior door trim) as well as ambient lights in the door trim. Other standard features (in addition to the "Comfortline") include: automatic climate control ("Climatronic"), LED reading lights for the front and rear seats, lights in the front footwell areas, "Composition Touch" infotainment system, Driver Alert System and cruise control system. Exclusive features include a chrome trim strip with "4MOTION" lettering on the centre console compartment lid, stainless steel door sill plates with "Alltrack" lettering and chrome accents for various switches and buttons (lights, electric windows, mirrors). Sporty features include the (optional) black rooflining, including upper roof pillar trim elements, and custom pedals and foot rest with an aluminium look. The Golf Alltrack will go on sale in the spring of next year.

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