Volkswagen announced that it will introduce an Alltrack version of its recently introduced Golf SportWagen next year as a 2017 model. In addition to having a 4Motion all-wheel drive system, the Alltrack model will have a higher ride height with nearly an inch more ground clearance, wheelwell moldings, flared side sills, new bumper treatments and an upscale interior.

"We have heard from dealers and customers that they want to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from all-wheel drive," said Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. "We are delighted to introduce the SportWagen Alltrack in 2016 in the U.S."

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 With its higher ride height and all-wheel drive off-road capability, VW will be pitching the SportWagen Alltrack as an alternative to a compact crossover SUV. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack will be powered the 170-horsepower 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder used on the current 2015 Golf TSI model, but instead of the 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission, the Alltrack will use VW's 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission.

While positioned against the Subaru Outback, the 2017 VW Golf SportWagen Alltrack will be positioned as more of a hard core off-roader thanks to features like hill descent control. Pricing of the vehicle will be announced closer to its launch a year from now.

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