What We Know About the 2017 VW Golf SportWagen Alltrack
It’s been almost a year since we’ve heard any detailed information on an all-wheel drive variation of the Golf SportWagen called the Alltrack, leaving many to wonder if it was still going to happen. Well, do not fear. We can confirm that the model will be coming, and we’re here to share what we know about the 2017 VW Golf SportWagen Alltrack.
Volkswagen has been pretty quite about the new model, but at this year’s 2016 Chicago Auto Show, the German car brand had the new model prominently displayed in all its glory. Though Volkswagen was only able to show the European-spec model, it looks fantastic, and will indeed come with the AWD many drivers have been asking for.
2017 VW Golf SportWagen Alltrack AWD Specs
As expected, the AWD system featured in the Alltrack will be Volkswagen’s popular 4MOTION AWD. According to Volkswagen, it uses the latest generation Haldex-5 coupling, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.
When operating normally, the Alltrack will drive just like a FWD model. This will allow the vehicle to retain excellent fuel economy. Once the wheels start to slip, however, 4MOTION can send up to 50 percent of the drive torque back to the rear wheels.
The Alltrack will also have electronic differential locks located at the front and rear axles. These act laterally alongside the electronic stability control system, instead of longitudinally, and can quickly and briefly brake a slipping wheel for a better transfer of torque to the wheel on the other side.
Apart from the AWD specs for the model, VW hasn’t revealed much. In fact, we expect many of the same features and specs found in the FWD variation of the SportWagen to be found in the Alltrack as well. Other changes that have been mentioned that we may see, however, include higher ground clearance, wheel arch moldings, flared side sills, new bumper designs and an upscale upgrade to the interior.
So, when can you get behind the wheel? As you can see, we know the 2017 VW Golf SportWagen Alltrack will be labeled as a 2017 model year vehicle. Despite this, the wait shouldn’t be too unbearable, as we are expecting to see it release yet in 2016, and being a 2017 model, it will likely be near the second half of 2016.
For more updates be sure to stay tuned to the Volkswagen Santa Monica blog. We will keep you informed of all the latest developments as they arrive.