Volkswagen is planning to introduce a crossover version of the next-generation Golf and Jetta estate models
25 May 2012

Volkswagen is planning to introduce a crossover version of the next-generation Golf and Jetta estate models. If signed off for production, the new model will be in the mould of the recently introduced Passat Alltrack (pictured).

The model would be sold as the Golf Alltrack in Europe and Jetta Alltrack in North America. An on-sale date of 2015 has been mooted.

Features will include a raised ride height, uniquely styled bumpers and light graphics, additional wheel arch cladding and unique interior trims, all of which are aimed at providing the car with a more rugged look than its road biased sibling.

The Golf Alltrack has been conceived to offer the choice of either standard front-wheel drive or optional 4Motion four-wheel drive. To keep development, engineering and production costs in check, both the new Golf estate and the crossover Alltrack models have been conceived to share the same steel body and mechanical package. The cars will be based on the new modular MQB platform. 

The key market for the new car will be North America. With the second-generation Tiguan, due in 2014, set to increase in size and, on versions planned for North America, offer an optional third row of seats, Volkswagen clearly sees room at the lower end of its line-up for a further — and smaller — crossover-style offering.

 

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25 May 2012

The Passat Alltrack is hugely expensive! Why would you bother? I want 4WD but I don't want to spend over £30k on a Golf.

Alex.herzog@ymail.com if anyone prefers to debate anything offline. 

25 May 2012

What with the way things are going, do you think there'll be a Golf Alltrack with FWD?

27 May 2012

http://www.passiongolfgti.com/IMG/jpg/Tech_syncro01_big.jpg

it's not something that was available over here but if you have ever visited the alps, they are more common place (or at least it seems that when when trying to find a decent on on continental ebay.

From what I gather the Golf country was a tough, no nonsense handy car. I suspect the new Gold Alltrack will be very expensive and unlikely to ever see so much as a muddy puddle.

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