Paris Motor Show LIVE: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack image

The German automaker, the second largest car company in the world, has celebrated the world premiere of the Golf Alltrack during the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

The rugged version has made its official public debut in front of the French public, sporting crossover style looks wrapped around the body of the Golf Variant, The Alltrack version adds an additional 20 mm ground clearance and has added black plastic protections to go with new 17-inch “Valley” alloys and aluminum protection plates front and back.

The model, according to Volkswagen, brings the best from the SUV and estate segments in a mixed “marriage” that combines the Variant’s practicality with the added capabilities derived from the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with Haldex coupling. Besides that, the Alltrack also features the four-wheel EDS (acting like an electronic differential lock) and XDS systems. The latter optimizes steering feedback by actively braking the wheel inside the turn when a dynamic driving stance is adopted.

Engine options are not so extensive – compared to the normal Golf lineup – one petrol and three diesel TDI. The petrol engine is a premiere for the Golf, as Volkswagen gives the Alltrack the direct-injection four-cylinder turbocharged 1.8-litre TSI with 180 PS. There’s a maximum torque of 280 Nm and the power is sent to the wheels via the 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). Performance figures are impressive: top speed of 135 mph, 0-62 mph in 7.8 seconds and a fuel economy of 41.5 mpg.

The TDI options are a more standard affair. We have the low-end 1.6 with 110 PS, good for a an average consumption of 60.1 mpg. Then there’s the well-known 2.0 that delivers 150 PS and allows the Golf to sprint to 62 mph in 8.9 seconds on its way to a max speed of 128 mph (average fuel economy of 57.6 mpg). The top of the range features the 2.0 TDI with 184 PS – the most powerful Golf Variant to date. That’s enough to reach 136 mph and go from 0 to 62 mph in 7.8 seconds.