The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack has been introduced and will go on sale in the U.S. this fall.
Based on the successful Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, the Golf Alltrack shares its underpinnings with other members of the Golf family including its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. At launch, the engine will be mated to a six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission while the six-speed manual will join the lineup at a later date.
The 2017 Golf Alltrack’s defining characteristic is its 4Motion all-wheel-drive system that uses the latest generation Haldex-5 coupling, activated through an electro-hydraulic oil pump. During normal driving, the Alltrack acts like a front-wheel-drive car, but if the system detects wheel slip, up to 50 percent of the drive torque will be shifted to the rear wheels.
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On the outside, the Alltrack is differentiated from the Golf SportWagen with a more rugged appearance thanks to cladding for key body pieces, including the unique bumpers, wheel wells and side gills. The cladding also gives off-road protection, while the front fascia incorporates fog lights and a unique honeycomb grille.
Coming standard on the S and SE models will be 17-inch wheels while the range-topping SEL model gets 18-inch wheels. Adding a premium touch to the wagon are silver detailing on the roof rails, matte mirror caps and diffuser.
The interior mirrors the SportWagen but has a more upscale feel. Standard are leatherette seating surfaces while shoppers can choose from optional brown leatherette, aluminum pedal covers, door sills with Alltrack branding and ambient lighting. Other standard features are a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rearview camera and VW Car-Net App-Connect connectivity.
Expect pricing for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack to be announced closer to its release this fall.
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