By on November 24, 2014

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Looking to muscle in upon Subaru territory, Volkswagen will be bringing over the Golf SportWagen 4Motion in standard and Alltrack models for 2016.

Automotive News reports the plan was announced by Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn during last week’s LA Auto Show, citing demand from dealers and consumers alike.

The Alltrack variant, unveiled at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, will be paired against the Subaru XV Crosstrek with the aim of capturing a piece of the U.S. small crossover market, gain more overall U.S. market share, as well as using more of the Puebla, Mexico factory where the Golf is assembled now.

As for the standard SportWagen, FWD versions will arrive sometime this coming spring, while tooling for the AWD 2016 model is beginning to be installed. Horn expects the SportWagen to make up 50 percent of all Golf sales once VW completes its lineup expansion.

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38 Comments on “VW Bringing Golf SportWagen 4Motion, Alltrack To US In 2016...”


  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    I only acknowledge 1 brand’s “All-Trac”….

    If it doesn’t have a center diff lock button in the center console it doesn’t effing count!!!!

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      Where does one get such a system today?

      • 0 avatar
        Speedygreg7

        I believe the Subaru STI may be the only car or crossover on the market with a lockable 50:50 center diff for use on loose surfaces only. There are several true SUVs (Land Cruiser, 4Runner Limited) with this feature.

        • 0 avatar
          El duce

          I think the mitsubishi lancer se has such a set up. There is a switch in the console; 2wd, 4wd , and 4w lock for snow.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I saw a Lancer Estate the other day. Those have to be as rare as the X-Type Estates!

            Such a weird, tall, CRV rear end on those things. It’s the alternative form of an alternative performance car, from an alternative and lowly-regarded manufacturer. Unicorn!

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          @Speedygreg7, I believe it’s pretty close

          “SI-DRIVE and DCCD

          Choose from three modes of driving characteristics with Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) technology to suit your preferred taste in control. Then put the power of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive in your hand. The Driver-Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) works with the close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, so you can adjust the amount of lock between the front and rear wheels, letting you match your vehicle’s handling attitude to your own.”

      • 0 avatar
        sportyaccordy

        Doesn’t exist today. Last “All-Trac” was, IIRC, the 1993 Celica All-Trac.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Didn’t the Bravada have All-Trac AWD?

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            @Corey, SMART-TRAK AWD. Contemplated buying some of the Smart Trak badges off of eBay to slap on the Highlander but I would be the only one who got the joke. (Hey they put puddle lamps on the bottom of the front set of doors, what else should I think than – “Oldsmobile”)

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Yes yes, Smart Trak, that’s it!

            Did Olds vehicles typically have puddle lamps?

            BONUS QUESTION: I read a cars.com review of the Bravada once, and it indicated sat nav was an option on the 96+ models. I have never seen one with sat nav, so I am not certain this is true. True/false?

            http://www.cars.com/oldsmobile/bravada/1996/expert-reviews/?review=1&reviewId=35965

            Edit: Wow!
            http://jesda.com/2012/01/11/how-in-dash-navigation-worked-in-1992-olds-was-first/

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            Puddle lamps were the mark of Oldsmobile/Buick/Mercury/Chrysler with brougham-tastic aspirations. Usually featured in print ads which highlighted locations (5 star restaurants & hotels, the opera, theater) which were likely much more upscale than the Elks Lodge and church on Sunday that the vehicle would be going to.

            Puddle lamps are a nice touch but for someone born in 1977 it smacks of the “Broughams” of my childhood. Actually all the Highlander needs is a button tuffed interior and some fake wood, it already rides in a straight line like the broughams I remember.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I want that Toro.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I know, I get a little excited as well when I read 1990s Oldsmobile things.

        • 0 avatar
          manbridge

          Been All Traccin’ it since 1997. First a 90 ST185, and still bombing the fire roads in the 93 ST185 I got in 2000.

  • avatar
    whynot

    Typical VW. Wait 2 years to give their US dealers products that they needed yesterday.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      Just for fun, go into a VW dealer and ask when the GTI with the Performance Pack will be available.

      Answers will likely be, “I don’t know,” or “you’re the 200th person to ask me that.”

      • 0 avatar
        carveman

        Available now.

        • 0 avatar
          TMA1

          Not available to U.S. customers.

          Though somehow auto mags have been able to get their hands on them.

          The 1st dealer told me January or February at the earliest. The 2nd said he didn’t know, and the cars weren’t even available for order yet.

          VW’s website still lists the Driver Assistance and Lighting packages as the only available options.

        • 0 avatar
          hreardon

          In North America, production officially starts on Week 50, which is about two weeks’ time. There’s some scuttlebutt that the timeline may have moved up a bit, but while you can order one right now – don’t expect delivery until the first week of January.

          • 0 avatar
            TMA1

            I’ve heard of people putting down deposits and placing orders. I guess trying to reserve the car they want. The GTI is available in so few configurations, I would just wait for one to show up on a dealer lot in the color and trim that I want.

        • 0 avatar
          lon888

          Just try getting one. I had a helluva time getting a 4-door GTI with a manual gearbox and nav system in 2011.

          • 0 avatar
            Fordson

            Everyone has a different experience – I decided upon such a car (4 door, manual, nav) on 3/20/2011, found one at the dealer 3 miles from my office on 3/22 and took delivery on 3/31.

    • 0 avatar
      Superdessucke

      2 years? Shoot dude, Volvo has been churning out jacked up station wagons with fake body cladding by the truckload since 1998 (XC70). Subaru a bit before that (Outback). I’m stunned that we’re just seeing this now.

      Now that said, I’m sure the Alltack will sell like hotcakes, while brown standard 4motion versions languish on dealer lots until the model gets the axe in July 2016.

  • avatar
    brettc

    As with anything exceptional that VW announces, I’ll believe it when I see it for sale at a VW dealer’s lot. I guess it might help them compete against Subaru, but they’ll almost certainly screw up some major detail and it’ll backfire and then they’ll say Americans still hate VW wagons.

    Maybe I’ll be proven horribly wrong, but VW does have quite the history of cluelessness with the U.S. market. They’ll probably sell great in Canada though since VWoC is a separate entity that seems to understand the Canadian market.

    • 0 avatar
      1000songs

      I’m not so sure it’s a matter of VWoC understanding the Canadian market as much as it is Canadians (like me) understanding the benefits of a wagon vs an SUV (like me).

      I looked up, down and sideways for an AWD wagon last year – ended up buying a gently used 2010 BMW 328i xDrive Touring. Couldn’t stomach the price of a new 328d Touring here (properly equipped was ~$70k), V60 wasn’t here yet and the A4 allroad wasn’t much different in terms of price than the BMW.

      So….. will look for this when and if it comes out as a replacement to my current AWD wagon.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      They already did screw up the major detail: AWD. Subaru’s core buyer base in hilly foul-weather places — Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and the Pacific Northwest — isn’t going to take Haldex seriously.

      It may work in places that are snowy but flat (i.e. much of the Midwest).

  • avatar
    Beerboy12

    The Crostrek is standard hatchback Golf sized so this car will be bigger, or at least have more utility space.
    By the time it gets here the Crosstreck will be old news.

  • avatar
    Boxofrain

    Are they going to compete on price with the XV also? Currently the base XV is Canadian $24,495, with standard AWD. The Golf Wagon is $23, 575 for the base. This includes steel wheels and front wheel drive. That gives them less than $1000 to add allwheel drive, let alone alloy rims the VV comes standard with. Subaru is suppose to be coming out with an even more affordable base model for 2015.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      They’ll never be able to compete with the smaller Subarus on price. This thing will be Outback money, but it won’t have Outback passenger space. Niche sales and nothing more for this wagon.

      On the plus side, it won’t be powered by the woeful Subaru 2.0 w/ CVT or less woeful 2.5 w/ CVT. That alone is worth some money.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    This looks appealing to me, but I shudder to think of the asking price. The Crosstek will significantly undercut it. It will probably be solidly in Outback territory, and I wonder how many buyers would pay the same for a smaller package, even if the VW’s driving experience and powertrain is more enjoyable. We do like to buy our cars by the cubic foot.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I scrolled down to say exactly this.

      “The Alltrack variant, unveiled at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, will be paired against the Subaru XV Crosstrek with the aim of capturing a piece of the U.S. small crossover market”

      No way will they price it like a Subaru. It’ll be nearly the price of the A4 Allroad, or the V60 CC.

      • 0 avatar
        Fordson

        The Allroad starts at $42,400, and the CC starts at around $41,000. So…

        You are thinking that VW is going to position this AWD Golf wagon against VW/Audi’s own A4 Alltrac, pricewise? You are sure about this…?

        But I agree it will cost more than a Subaru Crosstrek, which is basically a $20k Impreza with a lift kit, but for the extra money you will get a powertrain that actually has power and an interior that does not look like it was installed using a roll of duct tape and a steak knife.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I say this because VW has a tendency to price things which could be seen as “special” or “unusual” at a too-high price. Eg. Golf R32 and the Eos. If they wanted $35K for a crap Golf-coupe Eos, I’m betting this AWD cladding All-Trac will start at $38, and be on par with the Audi after a couple options.

          Mark my words!

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      People still buy Golfs instead of CUVs. There’s enough of a market to give it a try.

      If this is nice enough though it could put pressure on the Audi Allroad. Good timing I guess as that’s probably on its way out with the B9 coming.

  • avatar
    Sixray

    Dear VAG,

    I love that you have decided to bring the new Golf Sportwagen 4motion Alltrack to the US market, hopefully we are ready for the European wagon to make an entrance.
    Now please reintroduce the VW Vanagon Syncro with the same rear engine cab forward microbus design and a modern TDI engine so that I can go camping with large groups of friends without having to worry about that leaking coolant smell and that weird intermittent pinging sound from cylinder 4. Thanks!

    Truth be told though, VW really needs to bring their overseas economy car market to the US if they want to discover the fabled lost millennial car market. This sporty 4wd wagon is nice and all, but its certainly going to be too expensive for it’s target market of youthful active people. When will auto manufacturers realize that in order to get younger people to buy cars they have to make them cheap enough for debt-burdened young professionals to afford? VW and Audi overlap on far too many points these days, the worst being the price point for anything above the standard stripper Jetta/Golf, and even those are pretty pricey for their segment.

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      I think the cab forward design is dead for good. Won’t pass the crash tests of 2015. I like it too though. Am a driver of a Corvair powered ’78 VW Westfalia. I accept that it is not as safe as other vehicles but I know that my van vs a small car – I’m probably okay. I drive it with the same mindset as when I ride a motorcycle.

  • avatar
    Sixray

    VW really needs to bring their overseas economy car market to the US if they want to discover the fabled lost millennial car market. When will auto manufacturers realize that in order to get younger people to buy cars they have to make them cheap? VW and Audi overlap on far too many points these days, the worst being the price point for anything above the standard stripper Jetta/Golf, and even those are pretty pricey for their segment.

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