Just a year ago, Volkswagen, the German auto manufacturer, displayed the Golf SportWagen Alltrack in the prototype form at the 2015 Motor Show in New York. This production version is finally set to make its worldwide debut at the 2016 version on the same occasion. Basically, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a compact station wagon adaptation of the Golf that everybody knows and loves, but only for 2017, it is on stilts.
With wider wheel arches, a higher ground clearance, and a Haldex-based four-wheel-drive configuration, it is perhaps the most audacious-looking vehicle. Unlike the European edition that was revealed at the 2014 Motor Show in Paris, the American version comes with the SportWagen nameplate, but all other features remain the same. The 2017 Golf SportWagen will be offered as a non-SUV substitute to the slightly bigger Volkswagen Tiguan.
2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack Exterior
Although the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack is based on the standard Golf SportWagen, it has a unique external look. The major visual difference between the two models comes from the off-road-prepared body kit and higher ground clearance, meaning the 2017 model has an inch higher ground clearance than that of the standard Golf SportWagen.
The new model vehicle also comes with the redesigned front and back bumpers, LED headlights and fog lights, whereas the flared side sills and the new plastic castings on the wheel arcs make for a more stimulating image. These changes offer amplified body protection, as well, for some owners that will get the Alltrack off-road.
The base models of the new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 2017 will be offered with a set of matte-silver trimmed alloy wheels with the diameter of 17 inches, whereas the higher end models come equipped with a set of 18-inch alloy wheels. All models come holding the Chrome Alltrack writing on both the distinctive honeycomb grille, and the tailgate, which make the new Golf Alltrack a unique vehicle in its class.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Interior
Unlike the external design, the cabin is less showy, but it comes prepared with elite features. It comes equipped with a leather-trimmed gearshift lever and steering wheel, tailored seat covers, holding the Alltrack insignia on the front seats, an extraordinary Dark Magnesium trim on the middle console and tracks on the doors and on the dashboard.
Furthermore, a chrome trim bit with 4Motion inscription can be seen on the lid of the storage compartment, whereas the stainless steel door sill plates come bearing the Alltrack name. The doors and the center console also come mounted with various buttons and switches, featuring chrome accents.
As far as usefulness is concerned, the 2017 Alltrack is as roomy as the normal Golf wagon. The cabin comes with the cargo capacity of 30.4 cubic feet and this can be increased to an enormous 66.5 cubic feet while the 60:40 split back seats are folded flat.
Some of the standard equipment available with the 2017 Golf Alltrack includes:
Ambient lights for the front footwells.
Automatic climate control.
LED reading lights for all seats.
Driver Alert system.
Composition Touch” infotainment system.
2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack Interior
Some of the optional 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack features include sportier pedals, black roof lining, and an aluminum footrest.
Technological features available with the new vehicle include a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch color touch screen with propinquity sensor and VW Car-Net connectivity of Volkswagen. It also comes with a Drive Mode selector, which comprises an Off-Road Mode selector that adds hill decline control and optimizes grip control for off-road landscape. The Off-Road human machine interface shows area, steering angle, and the height while in driving off-road conditions.
Much similar to the models in the Golf family, the 2017 Alltrack comes equipped with a complete list of safety systems, such as front airbags, side-impact airbags, and overhead airbags. Standard safety features available with the new vehicle include automatic post-collision braking system, electronic stability control, and a smart crash response system.
Some of the safety features that will be offered as an option include:
Forward collision warning.
Adaptive cruise control.
Independent emergency braking.
The new vehicle also comes equipped with the park distance control with park support in the front and at the back.
The European version comes equipped with four different engines, among which three are diesel engines. On the other hand, the US version comes equipped with only one gasoline engine. As a result, the US version will be powered by a four-cylinder engine with the displacement of 1.8 liters.
This will be a TSI engine, which is available with almost all Volkswagen models. It will generate the utmost power of 170 ponies and the utmost torque of 199 pounds per foot. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack engine sends the power to all wheels through a six-velocity DSG automatic transmission, whereas a six-velocity gearbox will be offered after the launch.
The 2017 Golf Alltrack will be offered with a 4Motion all-wheel drive configuration as standard. The system uses the newest-generation Haldex-5 combination, which will be operated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump. During normal driving, the new vehicle acts as a front-wheel-drive vehicle to achieve an immense fuel economy, but when the system notices the slip of the wheel, a maximum of 50 % of the torque will be transferred to the back wheels.
The perched wagon also comes outfitted with the electronic differential locks in the front axle and in the rear axle, which work in combination with the electronic stability control setup. The system will apply braking for a short time on a wheel, which is slipping, thus allowing enabling even transfer of power to the wheel on the conflicting side, offering the new Alltrack an efficient off-road ability.
Base price and the date of release
The new 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack release date and its price are still a mystery. However, it is expected that it will probably be at the last quarter of 2016. Regarding pricing, the new Golf Alltrack would cost considerably higher than the normal Golf wagon. In Europe, it is available at a base price of €30,575, a €10,775 excess payment over the normal Golf Variant. Considering this, the starting price of the 2017 Golf Alltrack is estimated to be $28,000, without optional features.
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