US-spec 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack to be available starting Fall 2016

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 29, 2016

Customers in the United States with active lifestyles are soon able to get their hands on the new all-wheel-drive VW Golf Alltrack, a US-homologated version of the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. Sales of the MY2017 Golf Alltrack will commence in Fall 2016.

Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy of Volkswagen of America, Inc., remarked that dealers and customers have been craving for a Golf SportWagen with an all-terrain capability from an all-wheel drive system.

He quipped that the Golf Alltrack would be able to meet the active lifestyle needs of VW customers in the US market.

Of course, the Alltrack is fitted with an array of passive and active safety systems. Along with an ingeniously engineered body that meets or exceeds all current crash regulations, the new Alltrack is equipped with no fewer than six airbags, as standard, as well as a number of electronic safety systems.

For instance, it has the Alltrack feature Electronic Stability Control (ESC), an Intelligent Crash Response System and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Also available are driver assistance systems like Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Forward Collision Warning and Lane Assist as well as front and rear Park Distance Control with Park Assist.

Exterior Design

Compared to the SportWagen, the Golf Alltrack features ground clearance that is nearly an inch higher.

Likewise, the Golf Alltrack features a more rugged exterior appearance than the SportWagen thanks to claddings for certain body pieces. These include the distinct bumpers, wheel wells and side sills as well as fog lights and a unique honeycomb grille.

S and SE trim lines of the Golf Alltrack are provided with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while the topline SEL trim comes with 18-inch wheels. Moreover, the new 2017 VW Golf Alltrack features silver detailing, roof rails, matte mirror caps and diffusor.

Interior Design

On the other hand, the interior of the Alltrack has a layout similar to that of the SportWagen, although it exudes a more upscale feel. Featured as standard are aluminum pedal covers, door sills with Alltrack branding and ambient lighting as well as leatherette seating surfaces, although a distinct kind of brown leatherette is offered as an option.

Also featured as standard are infotainment elements like a 6.5-inch capacitive color touchscreen with proximity sensor, VW Car-Net App-Connect connectivity and rearview camera.

The new Golf Alltrack also comes with a Drive Mode selector that includes “Off-Road Mode,” adding hill descent control while optimizing traction control for off-road terrain.

In this mode, the Off-Road HMI shows the compass, altitude and the steering angle when the Alltrack is driving off-road. Furthermore, the new Alltrack offers a roomy trunk that provides 30.4 cu. ft. of space when the rear seats are up and 66.5 cu. ft. of storage when the 60:40 split rear seat is fully folded.

Customers could access the split folding rear seats through release levers in the cargo area.

Powertrain

Just like other Golf models, the new Golf Alltrack is underpinned by the MQB architecture and is powered by a turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 1.8-liter four-cylinder TSI engine.

This gasoline engine is able to churn out up to 170 hp of output and up to 199 lb-ft of torque and is to be paired to a six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission at launch. VW will later offer a six-speed manual transmission.

While the new Golf Alltrack’s attributes include its on-road capability and the fuel economy of a compact wagon, its star feature is its 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system that employs the latest generation Haldex-5 coupling, which is activated through an electro-hydraulic oil pump. During normal driving, the Alltrack goes into front-wheel-drive mode to save more fuel.

However, when the 4MOTION detects wheel slip, up to 50 percent of the drive torque can be transmitted to the rear wheels of the Alltrack. Supporting the Haldex coupling that acts longitudinally are electronic differential locks (EDL) at the front and rear axles that act laterally along with the electronic stability control system.

As a wheel slips, the 4MOTION system acts up to allow uninterrupted and stable transmission of drive power to the wheel on the other side.

Press Release

VOLKSWAGEN DEBUTS U.S. PRODUCTION VERSION OF THE 2017 GOLF ALLTRACK

Volkswagen of America, Inc., debuted today the U.S. production version of the all-wheel-drive Golf Alltrack, which goes on sale in the Fall as a 2017 model. The Golf Alltrack is based on the successful Golf SportWagen—Volkswagen SportWagen models have long been a top choice for customers who want a versatile and dependable vehicle that provides a sportier driving experience than compact SUVs.

“We heard from dealers and customers that they wanted to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from an all-wheel drive system,” said Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy of Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to meet the active lifestyle needs of our customers."

The Golf Alltrack shares its underpinnings with its Golf family siblings, from its MQB architecture to the turbocharged and direct-injection powertrain. The fun-to-drive EA888 1.8-liter, four-cylinder TSI® gasoline unit puts out 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. At launch it will be mated to a six-speed dual-clutch DSG® automatic transmission: a six-speed manual transmission will be available at a later date.

While it boasts the on-road manners and fuel economy of a compact wagon, the Alltrack’s defining characteristic is its 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system uses the latest generation Haldex-5 coupling, activated via an electro-hydraulic oil pump. In normal driving, the Alltrack acts like a front-wheel-drive car for better fuel economy, but as soon as the system detects wheel slip, up to 50 percent of the drive torque can be shipped to the rear wheels. In addition to the Haldex coupling that acts longitudinally, electronic differential locks (EDL) at the front and rear axles act laterally in concert with the electronic stability control system. The system briefly brakes a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side. The Golf Alltrack also features nearly an inch higher ground clearance over the SportWagen.

From the outside, the Golf Alltrack’s rugged appearance is easy to differentiate from the SportWagen. Cladding for key body pieces, including the unique bumpers, wheel wells and side sills, gives off-road protection and the front fascia incorporates foglights and a unique honeycomb grille. The S and SE trimlines have 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while the topline SEL trim has 18-inch wheels. Silver detailing, including roof rails, matte mirror caps and diffusor, adds a premium touch.

Inside, Alltrack mimics SportWagen in layout, but gets a more upscale feel. Leatherette seating surfaces are standard and Alltrack receives a unique brown leatherette option in addition to aluminum pedal covers, door sills with Alltrack branding and ambient lighting. Standard infotainment features include: a 6.5-inch capacitive color touchscreen with proximity sensor, rearview camera, and VW Car-Net® App-Connect connectivity.

A Drive Mode selector includes “Off-Road Mode,” which adds hill descent control and optimizes traction control for off-road terrain. The Off-Road HMI displays compass, steering angle, and altitude when driving off-road. The Alltrack has a spacious trunk that’s in line with those of compact SUVs. With the rear seats up, it boasts 30.4 cu ft of space: when the 60:40 split rear seat is fully folded, that figure rises to 66.5 cu ft of storage. The split folding rear seats are accessed by release levers in the cargo area, maximizing convenience.

Like the rest of the Golf line, the Alltrack provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It has been engineered to meet or exceed all current crash regulations and features no fewer than six airbags as standard along with a number of electronic safety systems. Alltrack models are equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and an Intelligent Crash Response System. Available driver assistance systems include: Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Lane Assist, and front and rear Park Distance Control with Park Assist.

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