2017 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack

After the diesel scandal, Volkswagen has had to carefully
rethink its future strategy in the US market.  The scandal
saw sales of VW products plummet. However, the automaker has
already set in motion a strategy to rise up again from the
scandal and strive to achieve its aim of becoming the largest
automaker in the globe. Volkswagen has in fact invested $7
billion in the North America market to run up to 2019. This
investment seeks to fund development of a VW SUV, a segment VW
has always missed out. In addition to the SUV, VW will also
offer other new products.  One such product is the new
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

Despite VW group selling more diverse models in the US market
across its Audi, VW, Bentley, Porsche and Lamborghini brands,
Subaru still has a bigger market share than Volkswagen. 
The automaker as such wants to offer a lineup of new crossovers
and wagons targeted to the family buyers where Subaru largely
operates. The new Volkswagen AllTrack is one such model that
will take the battle straight to Subaru’s Crosstrek and Outback
models. Read along to find out more:


2017 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Exterior

The AllTrack is based on the Sportwagen and in fact resembles
the latter in many fronts.  However, the AllTrack looks
more muscular than the standard Sportwagen. It stretches 0.6
inches longer and has a better ground clearance of 6.9 inches
compared to the Sportwagen’s 5.5 inches.

The AllTrack also features revamped bumpers, a new honeycomb
grille flanked by revised headlights as well as a sharp
matte-looking aluminum radiator crossbar. The vehicle also
features a gray plastic cladding on the lower skirt.  VW
has also hooked up the vehicle with silver mirrors and roof
rails. The rear, on the other hand looks almost identical to
the Sportwagen. Completing the exterior revamp is a set of
17-inch aluminum wheels.

Overall, the Alltrack looks more appealing than the Sportwagen
and  most of all it has beaten the Subaru Outback and
Crosstrek on the looks front, a factor that could help it
snatch more customers from the grip of Subaru in the North
American market.


2017 Volkswagen Golf AllTrack Interior

Inside, the AllTrack is almost identical to the
Sportwagen.  To start with, the model comes with the MIB
II infotainment system, which comes with a 6.5-inch display as
standard on all trim levels.  As for the upholstery, the
AllTrack feature quality fabrics on the lower trims and leather
on the upper trim.


The model offers 94.3 cubic feet of passenger space just like
the standard Sportwagen. However, tall passengers will find the
rear a bit cramped. In terms of cargo space, the model offers
30.4 cubic feet, which expands to 66.5 cubic feet when the rear
seats are folded. Other standard features include heated front
seats and a cooled glove box. Higher trims add a gigantic
panoramic sunroof, a Fender premium audio system, a navigation
system, power front seats and automatic headlights.

The models also feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. For
safety, VW also offers the model with an optional Driver
Assistance Package that features autonomous braking, blind spot
monitoring, parking assist, forward collision warning and rear
cross traffic alert among others.


Engine Specs and performance

Well, many enthusiasts will point fingers at the ‘AllTrack’s”
lack of a complimenting power hike to go with the additional
off road potential. The model comes with a sole turbocharged
1.8 L, 4-cylinder mill capable of 170 hp and 199lb-ft of
torque. The automaker is quick to point out that maximum torque
is available from only 1,600 rpm.

The mill mates to the automaker’s DSG automatic transmission
system.  The new model is EPA rated at 22 mpg in city and
30 mpg on highway drives. It is less economical compared to the
Sportwagen because it is 300 pounds heavier. The system is
controlled via paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
This is particularly important when overtaking at high speeds
on highways. A 6-speed manual gearbox is also on offer.

To tackle the off roads, the model comes with the automaker’s
5th generation 4Motion AWD system as standard. 
It also sits 0.6 inches higher compared to the standard
Sportwagen. In addition, VW has hooked up the AllTrack with an
Off Road driving mode as well as a hill descent feature. This
was made possible by upgrading the ABS system and traction
control, which helped enhance its grip in off road terrain. It
also features fender cladding on all its four corners.


Price and release date

VW has competitively priced the Golf AllTrack to sway buyers
away from Subaru. The base S trim has an MSRP of $27,770
inclusive of destination charges; around $1,300 more than the
Outback. The top-of-the-range SEL trim will fetch as much
as $33,710. The models will be available in dealer showrooms
starting next month (October 2016).