A hard-wearing, high-riding Volkswagen Golf Alltrack variant will join the German manufacturer's popular small car line-up, and the local division is keen to introduce the wagon-based model to Australia.

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack - 1

Confirming plans for the rugged Golf wagon, Volkswagen Australia communications general manager Karl Gehling told CarAdvice the forthcoming Golf Alltrack is one of the variants under consideration for our market.

Speaking at the local launch of the all-new Golf wagon, Gehling said, “We’re very keen to be able to offer it.

“It’s still some time off but it makes sense. We’ve had good response for Passat Alltrack and in this market there’s clearly a demand for a bit more off-road-ish action.”

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack - 2

Likely featuring an increased ride height, improved approach and departure angles, steel underbody protection panels and redesigned bumpers with durable plastic cladding, the variant would follow in the footsteps of the Passat Alltrack (pictured above) and Volkswagen Group cousins, the Audi A4- and A6-based Allroads and the Skoda Octavia Scout – the latter recently revealed in new-generation guise.

The brand’s ‘4Motion’ four-wheel-drive system is also be expected, along with the Off-road system employed by both the Passat Alltrack and Tiguan compact SUV.

With the $47,790 130kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel Passat Alltrack commanding a $1300 premium over its front-wheel-drive base car, a diesel-powered Golf Alltrack could ask around $37K, positioning it just beneath the $38,990 Subaru Outback.

Volkswagen has hinted at a Golf-based Alltrack model in the past, unveiling the CrossGolf concept at the 2010 Geneva motor show (pictured below).

Volkswagen CrossGolf