•Crossover of estate car and SUV
NEW GOLF FOR PARIS SHOW: The VW Golf Alltrack will make its debut at the 2014 Paris auto show in October. Image: VW
• All-wheel drive and off-road design
• Four engines: new TSI and three TDI unitsIn 2010 Volkswagen launched its Passat Alltrack, a variant that “closed the gap between on and off-road”. Now, four years later, comes the next all-wheel drive Alltrack, this time using its Golf estate, at the 2014 Paris auto show in October.
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The new Golf Alltrack is equipped with 4Motion all-wheel, higher ground clearance, large wheel arches, flared side sills, new bumpers and interior enhancements.
The Golf Alltrack will be sold in Europe with four four-cylinder units; a TSI petrol and three diesel engines, all turbocharged direct injection units.
The 132kW 1.8 TSI is a new addition to the Golf range. Diesel units will comprise a 80kW 1.6 TDI, plus two two-litre TDI engines with 110kW and 135kW outputs. The 132kW and 135kW units transfer power to the all-wheel drive system via a standard six-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG).
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Its 4Motion all-wheel drive system, VW says, activates "before slip occurs and prevents nearly all losses in traction thanks to a proactive control.
“Under low engine load, or when coasting, forward propulsion comes primarily from the front axle, while the rear axle is decoupled. If necessary, the rear axle can be variably engaged within fractions of a second.”
In addition to its Haldex coupling, that acts as a longitudinal lock, the four-wheel electronic differential system is integrated with the electronic stability control system. The transverse electronic differential optimises steering response by braking the wheels on the inside of a bend.
According to VW: “The combination of its 20mm higher ground clearance, ‘off-road’ driving profile and 4Motion, give the newest Golf off-road driving traits that are typical of an SUV."
It’s ‘off-road’ profile activates a hill descent function, modified accelerator pedal characteristic and off-road configuration of the anti-lock braking system.
The Golf Alltrack can handle trailer loads of up to 2000 kg (braked on 12% incline).
The 132kW/280Nm 1.8 TSI is mated to a six-speed dual clutch gearbox and reaches 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds and top speed of 217km/h. This agility contrasts with fuel consumption of 6.8/100km with emissions of 158 g/km CO2.
Each of the three turbodiesel (TDI) engines is derived from the automaker’s EA288 series.
The entry-level engine is powered by a 1598cc TDI capable of 80kW/250Nm with a fuel consumption of 4.7/100 and emissions of 124g/km CO2. Equipped with a 1.6 TDI, the Alltrack reach 0-100km/h in 12.1 seconds on to a top speed of 186km/h.
The 110kW/340Nm two-litre TDI has claimed fuel consumption of 4.9/100 and emissions of 127g/km CO2. The 135kW/380Nm diesel uses 5/100 with emissions of 134 g/km CO2.
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