2015 VW Golf Alltrack is ready for the light off-road terrain or Paris Motor Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 24, 2014

Following the success of the Passat Alltrack, Volkswagen introduced the 2015 Golf Alltrack and officially announced that it will bring the new vehicle next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Featuring a 20 mm additional ground clearance, the Golf Alltrack gets the same body as the Golf Estate, but thanks to the new black mouldings the vehicles shows a rugged look.

In addition, it comes with matt “Reflex Silver” inserts on the new front bumper, new side sills painted in matt ‘Reflex Silver’, mirror caps painted in glossy ‘Reflex Silver’, a chrome trim strip (mattt) beneath the side windows, ‘Silver’ anodized roof rails, a rear bumper with matt ‘Reflex Silver’ protection and new 17-inch Valley alloy wheels designed exclusively for Alltrack models.

In addition, the rear end gets dark-red taillights and dual chrome tailpipes on the left side for the diesel-powered models and separate chrome tailpipes on the left and right for the petrol-powered versions. Inside, the Golf Alltrack gets a steering wheel wrapped in leather just like the gear shift lever, custom seat covers wearing the ‘Alltrack’ badge, ‘Dark Magnesium’ accents on the centre console and ‘Tracks’ accents on the dash and interior door trim.

Other features include the Climatronic automatic climate control, LED reading lights, chromed ‘4Motion’ lettering on the centre console compartment lid, stainless steel door sill plates fitted with ‘Alltrack’ lettering and chrome accents for various switches and buttons. As expected, the vehicle was designed for asphalt and light off-road terrain and as a result, it comes with the 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system.

Under the hood, we find a 1.8-liter TSI petrol engine that produces 180 hp and 280 Nm of torque, bolted to the 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard. The engine is able to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.8 seconds, while top speed is 135 mph or 217 km/h.

For diesel fans, VW offers a 1.6-liter TDI with 110 hp and 250 Nm of torque. This engine pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 12.1 seconds while top speed is 116 mph or 187 km/h.

A more potent 2.0-liter TDI engine with 150 hp and 340 Nm is available too, enough to offer a top speed of 128 mph (206 km/h) and a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 8.9 seconds.

Still, VW offers the 2.0-liter TDI engine with 184 hp and 380 Nm of torque. Bolted as standard with the 6-speed DSG transmission, the engine is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.8 seconds, with a top speed limited at 136 mph or 218 km/h. [source: Volkswagen]

Press Release

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

In 2012, Volkswagen introduced the Passat Alltrack to bridge the gap between the on-road and off-road worlds. Now Germany's most successful automaker is transferring this concept to another vehicle class with the new VW Golf Alltrack. Technical and visual features of the Golf Alltrack include its 4MOTION four-wheel drive system, higher ground clearance, wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers and many other independent exterior and interior features. One petrol engine (TSI) and three diesel engines (TDI) are available in the Golf Alltrack - all of them are powerful turbocharged direct-injection engines. The 1.8 TSI that produces 132 kW / 180 PS is an entirely new addition to the Golf range. TDI versions of the Golf Alltrack will launch at these power levels: 81 kW / 110 PS (1.6 TDI), 110 kW / 150 PS (2.0 TDI) and 135 kW / 184 PS (2.0 TDI). The versions with 180 PS and 184 PS transfer their power to the four-wheel drive system via a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard.

Permanent four-wheel drive

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack was designed for good performance on both paved roads and light off-road terrain. This is possible thanks to the 4MOTION four-wheel drive system. The system, which is equipped with a latest generation Haldex coupling, is activated even before wheel slip occurs, utilising a proactive control system that adapts to the momentary driving state and prevents nearly all loss of traction. Under relatively low engine load conditions, or when coasting, the front axle is driven while the rear axle is decoupled. This basic drive layout saves fuel. If necessary, the rear axle can be variably engaged within fractions of a second. This is done by the Haldex-5 coupling, which is activated via an electro-hydraulic oil pump. A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear axle and controls to what degree the multi-plate coupling should engage by controlling the oil pump. If necessary, nearly 100 per cent of the drive torque can be directed to the rear axle.

EDL and XDS+

In addition to the Haldex coupling, which acts as a longitudinal lock, the four-wheel EDL system - operating as an electronic differential lock that is integrated in the ESC electronic stability control system - assumes the role of a differential lock at both axles. The Golf Alltrack is also equipped with the supplemental XDS+ function at the front and rear axles. This optimises steering response by executing braking interventions at the wheels on the inside of a bend during fast cornering. As soon as the electronics detect that the load at one of the wheels on the inside of a bend has dropped below a certain threshold, the hydraulic unit of the ESC system applies brake pressure to this wheel to restore optimal traction.

Offroad driving profile and off-road suspension

The combination of the 20 mm higher ground clearance, "Offroad" driving profile and 4MOTION four-wheel drive system gives the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack off-road driving traits that are more typical of an SUV. The "Offroad" driving profile activates a hill descent function (maintains a constant speed on the descent), a modified accelerator pedal response and an off-road configuration of the ABS system (modified control thresholds form a desirable wedge of gravel in front of the wheels). The Golf Alltrack not only offers exceptionally good off-road properties and active safety benefits; it is also an ideal towing vehicle, designed to handle trailer loads of up to 2,000 kg (braked on 12 % incline).

Engines

1.8 TSI with 180 PS. For the first time, Volkswagen is offering a 1.8-litre TSI with 132 kW / 180 PS (from 4,500 rpm) in the Golf. The direct-injection four-cylinder turbocharged engine is ideally suited for use in the VW Golf Alltrack, because it develops an impressive maximum torque of 280 Nm from a low 1,350 rpm and maintains this value constantly up to 4,500 rpm. The Golf Alltrack 1.8 TSI comes with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard. The versatile vehicle has a top speed of 217 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds. Its agility contrasts with an economical fuel consumption figure of 6.6 l/100 km (equates to 155 g/km CO2).

1.6 TDI with 81 kW / 110 PS

The turbodiesel engines of the new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack come from the EA288 engine series. These common rail four-cylinder engines, which were introduced in the latest seventh generation Golf, are among the most efficient in the world. Despite their different engine displacements and power levels, they share a number of key technology modules. These include emissions-relevant components such as the fuel injection system, turbocharger and intercooler integrated in the induction manifold module. A sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation system is also used. Also included: oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and NOx storage catalytic converter. The entry-level engine of the Golf Alltrack range is a 1,598 cc TDI with 81 kW / 110 PS which consumes just 4.8 l/100 km (equates to 124 g/km CO2). This engine reaches its maximum power between 3,200 and 4,000 rpm, and its maximum torque of 250 Nm is available between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. In this case, the Golf Alltrack 1.6 TDI - that is always equipped with a manual six-speed gearbox - accelerates to 100 km/h in 12.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 187 km/h.

2.0 TDI with 150 PS

At the next power level up, Volkswagen installs a 1,968 cc TDI with 110 kW / 150 PS in the Alltrack which has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.9 l/100 km (127 g/km CO2). This version always comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 2.0-litre TDI has two balancer shafts that make it run very smoothly. It develops its maximum power between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm, and its maximum torque of 340 Nm is available from a low 1,750 rpm (up to 3,000 rpm). The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI has a top speed of 207 km/h, and it accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds.

2.0 TDI with 184 PS

This Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI is one of the most powerful diesel Variant cars in its class with a power output of 135 kW / 184 PS (from 3,500 to 4,000 rpm). Its two-litre turbocharged engine transfers a maximum torque of 380 Nm to the 6-speed DSG - which comes as standard in this car - from a low 1,750 rpm. It constantly maintains this value up to 3,250 rpm. The car's power and torque - together with its four-wheel drive system - not only perfect its off-road properties but also enable trailer loads of up to 2,000 kg (braked on 12 % incline). The TDI also delivers very sporty driving performance: 7.8 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h and a top speed of 219 km/h are proof of this. The Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI consumes just 5.0 l/100 km (132 g/km CO2).

Side profile

The Golf Alltrack, which has up to 20 mm additional ground clearance, essentially has the same car body as the Golf Variant. However, much of the new model's exterior was customised. From the side, the black wheel arch mouldings of the VW Golf Alltrack are visually prominent; this rugged protection is continued in mouldings that run above the side sills and into the lower areas of the redesigned bumpers. The side sills, painted in matt "Reflex Silver", have sporty flares, and offer additional protection. The car's side body styling is complemented by 17-inch "Valley" alloy wheels designed specifically for the Volkswagen Alltrack models (or the optional 18-inch "Canyon" alloys), door mirror caps painted in glossy "Reflex Silver", an "Alltrack" badge on the wings, a chrome trim strip (matt) beneath the side windows and "Silver" anodised roof rails.

Front and rear sections

The front end of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack features a low-profile radiator grille crossbar in the upper front area that sports a high-gloss chrome look and extends into the headlights. The radiator grille in honeycomb design with a chrome "Alltrack" badge was designed in matt "Black". The lower cooling air intake in the fully redesigned bumper also has a honeycomb structure. Another visual highlight here is a distinctive crossbar in "Matt Reflex Silver", which extends across the entire width of the bumper and into the side body where, like a wing, it incorporates the standard fog lights (with integrated cornering lights). Underbody protection in "Reflex Silver" completes the lower section of the front end. At the rear, the Golf Alltrack - which is fitted with dark-red tail lights - also has a new bumper design with underbody protection in "Matt Reflex Silver". The version with the 180-PS TSI engine is distinguished by its dual-branch exhaust system with chrome tailpipes on the left and right. Meanwhile, the TDI versions create a sporty visual presence with dual chrome tailpipes on the left side.

Interior

The high-end interior of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack reflects its sporty off-road character. In this car, interior styling is defined by such details as a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift lever, custom seat covers with the "Alltrack" badge on the backs of the front seats, accents in "Dark Magnesium" (centre console and dash panel) and "Tracks" (dashboard and interior door trim) as well as ambient lights in the door trim. Other standard features (in addition to those of Comfortline) include: automatic climate control ("Climatronic"), LED reading lights for the front and rear seats, lights in the front footwell areas, "Composition Touch" infotainment system and Driver Alert System. Exclusive features include a chrome trim strip with "4MOTION" badge on the centre console compartment lid, stainless steel door sill guards with "Alltrack" badge and chrome accents for various switches and buttons (lights, electric windows, mirrors). Sporty features include the (optional) black headliner, including upper roof pillar trim, and custom pedals and foot rest in aluminium look.

Miracle of space

Like every Golf Variant, the new VW Golf Alltrack, too, is a compact miracle of space. Even with five adults on board, cargo capacity amounts to 605 litres (loaded up to the rear seat backrest). If the storage space with its minimum width of 1,003 mm and minimum height of 936 mm is utilised up to the front seat backrests and to the headliner, it offers a volume of 1,620 litres. The cargo area is 1,055 mm long up to the backs of the rear seats, and 1,831 mm long up to the backs of the front seats.

Cargo space features

The cargo floor in the luggage compartment can be varied in height or completely dismantled with just a few hand movements. Another standard feature is a bootspace cover designed as a roller blind. When it is not needed, the roller blind - like the net partition - can be stored under the cargo floor. Practical features are remote unlatching of the 60:40 split rear bench seatbacks and their folding mechanisms. The seatbacks are easily released by unlatching levers in the side walls of the luggage area; then the backrests automatically fold forward, creating a nearly level surface together with the cargo floor.

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