As its most basic level, the Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen with VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The changes go a little deeper, though. For example, the new model has an additional inch of ground clearance over the standard wagon. The body also has extra cladding for a somewhat tougher look.
The 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes from the Golf SportWagen, too, and it makes the same 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque here. At launch the Alltrack will get a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, but a six-speed manual option will join the lineup later. The new model will also differentiate itself with an Off-Road Mode that activates hill descent control and adjusts the traction control.
The 2017 Golf Alltrack arrives in the US this fall. It's perfect timing to let customers try out the all-wheel drive system just before snow starts falling again.