Vw considering new crossover to take on the Subaru Outback in the U.S.

Article by Christian A., on May 21, 2012

In order to boost its sales in the United States even more, it appears that Volkswagen wants to introduce a crossover version of the next-generation Jetta SportWagen. Inspired by the recently introduced Passat Alltrack, the new vehicle will take on popular cars such as the Subaru Outback and will offer uniquely styled bumpers and graphics as well as new wheel-arch cladding and new interior trims.

Vw already tested the American public with the Passat Alltrack Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show. According to Automotive News, the new car will get the name Jetta Alltrack for the United States, while in Europe might be sold as the Golf Alltrack. Still, do not expect to be a real crossover, as the vehicle will be offered as standard with front-wheel drive, while the all-wheel drive will be offered as an option.

Apparently, the new Jetta Alltrack will be introduced as the next-generation Tiguan, due in 2014, will be bigger and will offer an optional third row of seats. Mexico will be the place where the new crossover will be assembled, alongside with the upcoming Jetta sedan and SportWagen but also with the upcoming four-door-style coupe based on the same Jetta. Regarding the engines, we will see direct-injection gasoline and diesel powerplants.

Subaru of America, Inc. presented its all-new 2010 Outback in its media conference during the NY International Auto Show 2009. The all-new Outback, the fourth-generation of the First Sport Utility Wagon, offers a more capable and more spacious interpretation of the vehicle which introduced the crossover trend in 1994. It is distinguished by a bolder and crisper styling, and it delivers enhanced performance, economy, and comfort with its all-new chassis and with the new Subaru Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission. The vehicle’s capability is enhanced with its swing-out roof rail and its crossbar design, as well as with its improved 8.7-inch ground clearance.

Compared to the other crossover vehicles, the 2010 Outback is smart-sized and its interior features mid-size volume in an off-road capable and easy-to-maneuver wagon body. This interior volume has been increased by nearly 8% in a package that’s shorter than the previous model. The vehicle’s wheelbase has also been increased by 2.8”, thus adding 4” to the rear seat legroom, now measuring 37.8”. Meanwhile, a new rear twin wishbone suspension enhances chassis dynamics and improves rear cargo space. Also, the 2010 Outback is wider by 2”, thus improving passenger comfort, as well as gives more headroom and promotes more fuel efficiency.

While still related to its predecessors, the 2010 Subaru Outback marks a departure from its old design toward a new and bolder appearance. It also has greater road presence with its wider track and more expressive wheel arches. Moreover, the crossover vehicle is built on a new platform and its 107.9” wheelbase offers a smoother ride as well as increased interior space.

With a 2” increase in overall width, the Outback offers greater hip room and greater shoulder room. The total passenger room is also 8 cubic feet bigger for a total of 105.4 cu. ft. now. It also has a 71.3-cu. ft. maximum cargo capacity, which is up by 6 cu. ft. with its rear seatbacks folded.

The all-new Outback also showcases a rear cargo area that’s wider and deeper than that of many small SUVs. This cargo area is also easier to access via the wide aperture rear hatch.

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