The rugged-styled, high-riding variant of the Golf Estate will go on sale in the UK in mid-2015, and prices will start from around £23,000.
Revealed at the Paris motor show, the fifth dedicated model in the existing Golf line-up is positioned in a niche between the latest Golf estate and the soon-to-be-replaced first-generation Tiguan. It aims to providing buyers with the practicality of the former with the off-road capability of the later.
In a move mirroring that taken with the larger and more expensive Passat Alltrack launched in 2013, Volkswagen has provided the Golf Alltrack with a series of off-roader inspired styling elements that attempt to distant it visually from the Golf Estate, upon which it is based and shares its steel body.
Included are restyled bumpers with stylized plastic protection plates front and rear, black plastic cladding within the wheel arches and beneath the doors, further production plates within the sills and a set of roof rails.
The nominal ride height of the standard Golf Estate has been raised by 20mm, providing the Golf Alltrack with greater ground clearance for added off-road ability.
Volkswagen plans to launch the Golf Alltrack with a range of three turbocharged four-cylinder engines – a single direct-injection petrol and two common-rail diesels, all mated to its four-wheel drive 4Motion system which features an electronic front differential lock as standard.
The sole 1.8-litre petrol develops 177bhp and 206lb ft, providing the 1.8 TSI with a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.8sec, a top speed of 135mph, and a combined 41.5mpg and CO2 rating of 158g/km.
The diesels include Volkswagen’s familiar 1.6-litre engine. It produces 108bhp and 184lb ft to give the 1.6 TDI a 0-62mph time of 12.1sec and 116mph top speed, along with combined consumption of 60.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
Further up the range is a 2.0-litre diesel, offered in two outputs. The first develops 148bhp and 251lb ft, propelling the more affordable of two 2.0 TDI models from 0 to 62mph in 8.9sec. It has a top speed of 129mph, economy of 57.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 127g/km.