Volkswagen of America has recently introduced online the 2017 Golf Alltrack as a production model – with the official public introduction set to take place this week during the upcoming New York International Auto Show.
During the 2015 edition of the same event Volkswagen introduced the Golf SportWagen Alltrack and now the model has successfully transitioned to the production guise status and is coming back to the Big Apple to showcase the changes. The model will reach dealerships starting this fall, and the Golf Alltrack has lost the SportWagen moniker, being similar to its European version that has already been out for around a year. Setting it apart from a standard Golf SportWagen is the additional one inch ground clearance and the ruggedized body. We can see added plastic body cladding and modified bumpers to go with the crossover looks, and we also noticed the custom 17-inch (S and SE trims) and 18-inch (SEL trim) alloy wheels. Rounding up the changes for the all-wheel-drive compact estate are the silver accents on the roof rails, matte side mirror caps, and for the front & rear underbody protection.
Inside the cabin the model has been granted a more upscale look as it ads standard leatherette seating surfaces and an optional brown leatherette trim that is exclusive to the Alltrack. The Golf also packs ambient lighting, aluminum pedal covers and door sills, along with a 6.5-inch capacitive color touchscreen for the infotainment system. Buyers will also see a rearview camera and extra connectivity options through VW Car-Net App-Connect. Under the hood there’s only one option – a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine churning out 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, mated to a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission and later on to a six speed manual. There’s also a standard 4MOTION system with fifth-gen Haldex coupling, an “Off-Road Mode” for the Drive Mode selector and the Alltrack will be just as practical as a regular Golf SportWagen thanks to a 30.4 cubic feet cargo capacity with the rear 60:40 split bench in place.