The rugged new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon has been revealed days before the 2014 Paris motor show.
The new model has already been confirmed for the Australian market with an expected on-sale date by mid 2015, with Volkswagen Australia previously stating the car would follow the same mantra as the Passat Alltrack - and it's clear from these images that the resemblance is not in the name alone.
The all-wheel drive Golf Alltrack wagon boasts styling additions such as underbody protection, wheel arch extensions, new alloy wheels and a raised ride height. There are silver trim highlights across the front bumper and grille, as well as on the sills, roof rails and mirror caps.
No interior images have been shown at this point in time, but expect new colour and trim combinations to match the off-road theme.
Engine options or the Golf Alltrack wagon in Europe include a 1.8-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with 132kW of power and 280Nm of torque, while a pair of turbo diesel four-cylinder engines will also be offered. The entry-level 1.6-litre unit produces 81kW and 250Nm, while the larger 2.0-litre is offered in two states of tune - the lower being 110kW/340Nm; the higher boasting 135kW/380Nm. This high-spec model is good for towing 2000 kilograms (braked), according to the brand.
The petrol model is said to be good for a 0-100km/h time of 7.8 seconds, with fuel use of 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres. The entry diesel uses just 4.7L/100km, but takes 12.1sec from 0-100km/h, while the gruntier diesels can hit highway speed from standstill in 8.9sec (110kW) and 7.8sec (135kW). The quicker diesel uses 0.2L/100km more than its detuned sibling which has claimed use of 4.9L/100km.
Volkswagen Australia has not yet released any information on what engine variants will be offered here and that it will do so closer to the local launch of the car towards the end of the first half of 2015 - though we wouldn't be surprised if it followed the same tack as the Passat Alltrack in being a sole, high-output diesel offering.
The new Golf Alltrack wagon is expected to be positioned at the top of the Golf wagon model line, which currently kicks off from $25,540 and tops out at $36,540. A starting point of about $40,000 is our best guess.