The next generation of Volkswagen’s high-riding small wagon, the 2021 Golf Alltrack, has been spied testing in Europe.
As with the outgoing Mk7.5 model, the Mk8 Alltrack will be pitched as a more off-road-oriented version of the regular Golf wagon, riding higher than the standard model in a bid to improve its abilities off the beaten track.
The modest increase in ride height is complemented by black wheel-arch cladding, ‘Alltrack’ badging, silver faux skid plates and more rugged bumpers and side skirts, though some clever camouflage across the front bumper means it’s unclear whether the prototype sports a revised design compared to standard Golf models.
There’s also some black disguise tape beneath the test car’s headlights and daytime-running light strip, however they’re very likely to carry over unchanged from the rest of the non-performance Golf range.
Snapped testing alongside the Alltrack was another prototype of the regular wagon, wearing similar amounts of camouflage on the tail-lights and rear reflectors as the example spied in May.
The 2021 Volkswagen Golf wagon and Alltrack are expected to be formally unveiled by the end of the year. Both long-roof variants should offer the same range of mild-hybrid petrol and diesel engines in Europe as their hatchback counterparts, mated to manual and dual-clutch automatic gearboxes.
The Alltrack is expected to be offered solely with the self-shifter, paired to standard 4Motion all-wheel-drive.
The hot Volkswagen Golf R wagon is slated to debut in 2021, powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol producing upwards of 245kW, sent to all four wheels through a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
An Australian arrival for the Volkswagen Golf wagon and Alltrack has yet to be confirmed by the German brand’s local division, however any potential launch for the practical duo would likely occur alongside their hatch siblings in early 2021.
We’d wager the local line-up would look similar to that of the outgoing Mk7.5, consisting of R, Alltrack and 110TSI variants – the lattermost likely pairing a 1.4-litre turbo with an eight-speed torque-converter automatic, as with the equivalent Mk8 hatch.