Volkswagen made a big announcement ahead of the 2015 New York International Auto Show, revealing that the Golf Sportwagen Alltrack will start production next year, and arrive in the U.S. next year as a 2017 model.
The Golf SportWagen Alltrack is essentially a raised and all-wheel-drive version of the new Golf SportWagen, with the new vehicle gaining 1 inch in ground clearance and the automaker’s esteemed Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Other key differences between the all-wheel-drive version and the front-drive Golf SportWagen include moldings on the wheel arches and flared side sills that not only look cool, but also protect the raised wagon’s body for the times it hits the dirt. The Alltrack also sports a unique front and rear bumper that makes it look more rugged, and an even more upscale interior over that of the regular SportWagen’s. We first saw this car as a concept at the 2014 Paris show, where the show car boasted an upscale cabin with a leather-trimmed steering wheel, automatic climate control, chrome accents, and an optional black roofliner.
Like the front-drive Golf SportWagen, the Alltrack should arrive with the same two basic engines as the Golf hatchback, a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four gas engine rated for 170 hp, and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel rated for 150 hp. Those engines are expected to come mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, and even though we don’t yet know how much the Alltrack will cost, we can look to the Golf Sportwagen’s starting price of $22,215 for a better idea. The Golf SportWagen Alltrack will compete with the Subaru XV Crosstrek, another small, lifted wagon, when it goes on sale next year as a 2017 model.
While VW was excited over the announcement of the new vehicle, the German automaker was also proud to announce it was celebrating 60 years of the Beetle in the U.S. with four different concepts based off the quirky and iconic car. The first is the Beetle Convertible Denim, which harkens back to the first Jeans Bug that debuted in the mid-1970s. The concept’s soft top appears to be made from dark denim, while the interior features tons of other blue elements complete with jean-like pockets on the backs and sides of the seats.
Decked out in all (purplish) pink is the Beetle Pink Color Collection, which could potentially go into production if it receives positive reception. VW claims there’s a growing demand for a pink Beetle in places like the U.S., and China, so if it sees that people are digging the Pink Metallic Beetle, it could potentially come to market boasting even more pink elements aside from the exterior paint and other bits inside the cabin. Surfer dudes are more likely to be drawn to the Beetle Convertible Waves, which glows in Habanero orange paint and throws back to vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s with Houndstooth-patterned seats and a wood dashboard that’s been designed to look like a traditional surfboard.
Lastly, there’s the Beetle R-Line, which adds more sport by way of a 217-hp 2.0-liter engine and a 0.6-inch wider body over the standard Beetle. Aggressive styling elements that help denote the “R-Line” include larger air vents, black moldings, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, 20-inch wheels, sport seats, and yellow-painted controls, and contrast stitching inside the cabin.
Check out the Golf SportWagen Alltrack and the four concepts in the photos below.