Meet the new Golf Alltrack — an offroad-oriented vehicle based on the new and popular Mk7 Golf.
The Golf Alltrack remain mostly unchanged from its base hatchback and wagon counterparts, although the suspension has been raised by 20 mm, while having gained a selective four-wheel drive system. When wheelspin is detected, the system switches from two-wheel to four-wheel drive to reestablish traction.
The Golf Alltrack also gains some subtle visual cues to help it look the part: flared sills and fender arches help prevent damage to the paint job when you’re tearing up the trails and a functional roof-rack comes standard. Four different powerplants are available, from a 106 HP 1.6-liter turbo-diesel all the way up to a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel in two flavors, one making 146 horses and the other making 178. For those who prefer the taste of conventional petrol, the new 174 horsepower 1.8-liter turbocharged direct-injection motor is also available.
The new Golf Alltrack is set to head out to dealers in the summer of 2015. But those of us in the US still reeling from last winter’s plentiful polar vortexes wish it were available Stateside right about now.