Preview: Golf SportWagen Alltrack

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack.

First shown at the New York auto show in April, the new Golf SportWagen Alltrack offers the off-road capability and load-carrying capacity of a compact SUV along with the on-road manners and fuel economy of a compact wagon.

Arriving in 2016, the Alltrack features numerous technical and visual upgrades from the the Golf SportWagen. In addition to  and the Alltrack include a 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system, nearly an inch higher ground clearance, wheelarch moldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers, and an even more upscale interior.

Its engine is a 1.8 TSI that produces 170 hp that can be combined with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed DSG.

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.

We’re excited about the new Golf SportWagen Alltrack and can’t wait to drive it for ourselves.