As the all-new 2015 Golf SportWagen begins to proliferate across U.S. showrooms, Volkswagen has announced plans to launch its more rugged brother — the all-wheel-drive Golf SportWagen AllTrack, in America in 2016 as a 2017 model. And though it’s relatively easy to spot the visual differences between the Golf SportWagen and Golf SportWagen AllTrack, we thought it would be useful to shed some light on the specific ways in which the two vehicles differ.
So, compared to the Golf SportWagen, the Golf SportWagen AllTrack gains:
- 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system for better all-terrain traction
- Roughly an inch (2.54 cm) more ground clearance
- Wheelarch moldings and flared side sills for body protection
- Newly-designed bumper covers
- An even more upscale interior
According to President and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America, Michael Horn, the decision to bring the Golf SportWagen AllTrack to the U.S. was made based on feedback from dealers and customers alike.
“We have heard from dealers and customers that they want to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from all-wheel drive,” said Horn. “We are delighted to introduce the SportWagen Alltrack in 2016 in the U.S.”, he added.
But if our economic and business radars are tuned correctly, then what truly enabled the Golf SportWagen AllTrack to be sold in The New World was VW’s decision to produce the MK7 Golf and its various variants (such as the SportWagen and SportWagen Alltrack) in Mexico, which is part of the NAFTA region.