Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Revealed Ahead of Paris

2014 Paris Motor Show / Comments

Is VW looking to pick a fight with Subaru here?

It appears Volkswagen has a newfound interest in taking on Subaru, at least in Europe. Set to have its live debut at the Paris Motor Show this week is the VW Golf Alltrack. Consider it a Subaru XV Crosstrek rival of sorts. Based on the current Euro-spec Golf wagon, the Alltrack features a higher ground clearance thanks to a suspension that's been raised by 0.75 inches, wheel arch moldings, and flared side sills that offer body protection. There's also newly designed bumpers and various other exterior and interior bits.

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Perhaps the most vital detail here is the standard 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system. Several engines will be available, including the familiar 1.8-liter TSI with 178 horsepower. There's also a 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel with 109 hp, and two 2.0-liter TDIs with either 148 hp or 182 hp. The TSI and top TDI come standard with a six-speed DSG gearbox while the other engines receive a six-speed manual. Official pricing hasn't been announced but VW states UK sales will begin next summer.

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