The Golf estate is to be jacked up, fitted with four wheel drive and squeezed into some plastic underwear at the Paris Motor Show as the new Golf Alltrack is revealed.
As with the previous Passat Alltrack the changes include a 20mm ground clearance, new wheel arches with plastic cladding that also extends around the base of the car and new, more rugged bumpers.
Underneath each Alltrack will be fitted with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system as well as a locking differential which works with the car’s stability control and VWs XDS system (which applies the brakes to individual wheels should it be needed) on both axles.
VW say the raise in ride height, tweaked suspension and the four-wheel-drive will mean the Alltrack “driving traits that are typical of an SUV”.
Under the bonnet the Alltrack will have a range of three diesel TDI engines and a petrol TSI.
The lone petrol will be VW’s 178 bhp 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder. Routed through a six-speed dual-clutch ‘box, as will the whole range, the TSI will hit 62 in 7.8 seconds and go on to a top speed of 135 mph.
For oil burning fans the TDI range will be two four-cylinger tubocharged diesels, a 1.6 and two versions of VW’s 2.0 litre engine.
The 1.6litre will produce 109 bhp and 184 lb ft of torque, meaning it will reach 62 in 8.9 seconds and manage 57.6 mpg and 127g/km of CO2.
The 2.0 can be bought in either 148 or 181 bhp guise, the latter becoming the most powerful diesel to ever appear in a Golf estate.
The less powerful of the pair carries the same stats as the 1.6 while the top-of-the range engine matches the petrol for acceleration and top speed, but manages 55.4 mpg and 134 g/km CO2.
Inside you will find all the usual Golf refinement, but with a sprinkling of ‘Alltrack’ badges and 4MOTION lettering.
The Alltrack should be on sale by summer next year and will be fully revealed in Paris in October.