You wouldn’t think that the VW Golf would be able to hack it off-road, but today at the Paris Motor Show VW showed off a new variant that is built for just that.
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack adds an extra 20 mm of additional ground clearance compared to the standard car along with full-time 4MOTION all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive setup acts like a front-wheel drive car in normal conditions, but when you get into the slippery stuff, 100 percent of the car’s torque can be sent to the rear wheels if needed.
For help when the pavement ends, there is a special off-road mode that modulates the throttle response and all-wheel drive system along with hill descent control.
New looks also come to Alltrack version of the Golf in the form of black wheel arch moldings, and a low-profile split grille up front. The inside also gets special treatment getting a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter along with custom seat covers fit with the Alltrack badge.
As it is a European car, there will be three diesels and one gasoline engine offered in the Alltrack. The smallest of the diesels is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit that puts out 110 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, while the other two both displace 2.0-liters with one making 150 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque and the other creating 184 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The single gasoline engine pumps out 180 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque.
Don’t expect the Golf Alltrack on US soil anytime soon, though it would make a good competitor for the Subaru XV Crosstrek.
GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Live Photos
GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Discuss this story at our VW Golf Forum