Desperate to get back in the game after its global sales took a hit following revelations about its diesel cheating software, Volkswagen is trying anything it can think of to appeal to car buyers. Its latest gambit is a variation on the Audi Allroad/Subaru Outback theme. Take a Golf SportWagen, add all wheel drive, raise the ride height one inch, and slap on some rugged looking body cladding. Voila! Behold the Volkswagen Alltrack.
Volkswagen hopes buyers will see the Alltrack as a variation on the crossover theme. Crossovers are the hottest cars on the market right now, so it makes sense for VW to target those shoppers. It will be powered by the familiar 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine used in the Golf, which produces 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. The Alltrack will be offered with either a 6 speed manual or dual clutch automatic transmissions. Only the automatic will be available when the new model goes on sale this fall, according to Green Car Reports. Prices for the Alltrack should be slightly higher than for the SportWagen it is based on. That car starts at $22,445 including all destination charges.
The Alltrack drivetrain will send 100% of the power from the engine under normal conditions, but can deliver as much as 50% of the available power to the rear wheels when needed. It features a hill descent mode and an off road mode. Both of those should help the Alltrack maintain a sure footed grip when negotiating dirt roads or slippery conditions.
Volkswagen is also working on a beefed up and electrified version of its Tiguan. The Tiguan GTE was unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January and features a turbocharged gas engine and two electric motors, one in front and one in the rear. It is capable of operating in rear wheel drive, front wheel drive, or all wheel drive modes and has a all electric range of 20 miles from its 12.4 kWh battery. No on sale date for Volkswagen’s rugged Jeep Wrangler fighter has been announced.
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