Paris LIVE: 2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrackby Ronan Glon
Based on the Golf SportWagen, the rugged Alltrack come with permanent all-wheel drive.
Volkswagen has arrived at the Paris Motor Show with a rugged-looking variant of the station wagon called Alltrack.
The Golf Alltrack stands out from the stock SportWagen thanks to allroad-inspired styling cues such as black plastic trim over the wheel arches and the rocker panels as well as Reflex Silver accents on both bumpers and on the mirror caps. Honeycomb inserts in the radiator grille and model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels wrap up the look.
Interior pictures are not available but Volkswagen promises the Golf Alltrack comes with a leather-upholstered multi-function steering wheel, a touch screen-based infotainment system and Alltrack-specific trim on the dashboard and on the center console.
In Europe, Alltrack buyers will be able to choose from three turbodiesel TDI four-cylinder engines ranging from 108 to 181 horsepower and a single gasoline-burning turbo four rated at 177 horsepower. The entry-level mill is linked to a manual transmission, while the other three engines are bolted to a six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox. Properly equipped, the Golf Alltrack can tow up to 4,400 pounds.
The Alltrack treatment is more than skin-deep. All models come with the latest generation of Volkswagen's 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system, an electronic locking front differential, a hill descent control function and a raised ground clearance. All told, the Golf Alltrack is considerably more capable off the beaten path than a standard SportWagen.
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack will go on sale across Europe next summer. Whether or not the rugged wagon will be sold in the United States is up in the air.
Live images by Ronan Glon.