Is it an estate? Is it an SUV? Actually, the newly announced VW Golf Alltrack is both. This is the German manufacturer’s answer to a rise in popularity for crossovers that give you two purposes in one.
VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system, 20mm higher ground clearance, rugged front and rear bumpers, wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills better help conquer the great outdoors, while the Estate aspect provides generous luggage and cabin space. A trailer load up to 2,000kg can be handled.
Four four-cylinder engines will be available at launch. There’s a 180PS 1.8 TSI petrol that manages 280Nm of torque, 0 to 62mph in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 135mph. CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency are said to be 41.5mpg and 158g/km.
Then there are three diesels: 1.6-litre TDI (110PS), 2.0-litre TDI (150PS) and 2.0-litre (184PS). The most frugal is the 1.6 TDI, which offers 60.1mpg. The 2.0 TDI 184PS, which happens to be more than five seconds faster from 0 to 62mph, is capable of 55.4mpg and 380Nm of torque. A six-speed DSG gearbox is standard on all engines.
17-inch alloys specifically designed for the Alltrack and various other styling cues let you know this is a different breed of Golf Estate such as Alltrack badging, the use of Reflex Silver on the bumpers and yet more Alltrack detailing inside the cabin.
The VW Golf Alltrack will go sale in the Summer of 2015 in the UK. A price and exact specifications will no doubt be revealed nearer the time. Images await. What do you reckon?