Volkswagen of America has announced it will be killing off both the Golf Alltrack and Golf Sportwagen by the end of 2019, with three new SUV models due in North America over the next 24 months.
According to the company's American division, both wagon variants of its staple small car will be discontinued following the 2019 model year, with the Alltrack to continue production right through to December at Volkswagen's Puebla facility in Mexico.
Contributing to the pair's demise is American consumers shifting from wagons to SUVs as their family car of choice – 47 per cent of industry sales are SUVs and crossovers, with Volkswagen quoting "more than 50 per cent" share for their own range.
"SUVs have definitely assumed the mantle of family haulers from the station wagons and minivans we remember from our childhoods," said Scott Keogh, CEO and president for Volkswagen of American.
"But as we look towards the future, both our expanded SUV line-up and the upcoming ID. family of electric vehicles will bring the opportunity to combine the style and space people want in a variety of ways."
"As the ID. Buzz concept demonstrates, the flexibility of our EV platform gives us the ability to revive body styles of the past, so anything is possible," he added.
Above: Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept
Three new SUV models have been confirmed for VW's North American line-up to launch over the next two years, including the five-seat Atlas Cross Sport (to be revealed later this year), and the ID. Crozz EV which will debut early next year. A third, smaller SUV will launch in 2021 to slot below the Tiguan.
Reports out of the US claim the new crossover won’t be a version of the T-Cross or T-Roc offered in global markets, instead based on the Volkswagen Tharu that is currently on sale in China – also known as the Tarek in South America.
The Golf Alltrack and Golf Sportwagen will join the Beetle in retirement, which went out of production just last week at the Puebla facility.