VW Plans All-Wheel Drive Wagon to Rival Subaru Outback image

According to Automotive News, Volkswagen Group of America plans to develop a rugged, all-wheel-drive wagon to rival the Subaru Outback.

VW, the largest carmaker in Europe has already approved the awd version of the redesigned Golf-based Jetta SportWagen, which is expected to hit the U.S. market by the end of 2014. According to anonymous sources VW plans to turn the awd model into a spin-off model, which will feature higher body cladding and ground clearance, just like the Passat Alltrack model that is already available in Europe .

In 2011 VW discontinued the Passat wagon in the US market when the Chattanooga-built Passat was launched in the United States. The fact that VW now aims to attract the Outback customers, might turn to be a challenge for the automaker.

The 2.5-liter engine, six-speed manual awd Outback starts at $23,495, compared with $21,390 for a 2.5-liter engine, five-speed manual front-wheel-drive Jetta SportWagen. Subaru’s best-selling vehicle in the US, the Outback, surpassed the SportWagen sales almost five times last year, selling 117,553 units.

Source: Autonews

  • Dan

    Volkswagen always seems to be a day late and a dollar short. Most press releases for newer or updated models with updated tech features most always "Be available 2016-17 model year ???? Promises or at best good intentions do not sell cars and it shows.
    Just look at their US sales numbers for the last several quarters, all down. Then look at their sister company Audi, new and refreshed models with high tech options sales are constantly in the plus column.