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.