Last week, the non-US Volkswagen Golf Variant and Golf Alltrack made their online debut with more cargo space and new tech. One of Europe’s favorite compact wagons will be on sale soon, but not before independent artists come up with their various variations. Of course.
After seeing the new Alltrack transformed into a small truck, now is the time to imagine what an Alltrack sedan could look like. This time around, it’s not just fiction, as the Golf was actually available as a rugged sedan when the second-gen model was on sale. It serves as inspiration for this project.
The so-called Golf Country had the body of the Golf 2 but rode on a suspension 8.3 inches (21 centimeters) higher and featured an all-wheel drive system. Other upgrades included an engine skid plate, a subframe to protect the Syncro rear differential, and a spare wheel mounted on the trunk lid. Overall, it was a capable little off-roader with a 1.8-liter engine.
This rendering follows a similar recipe and gives the standard Golf 8 hatchback the appearance enhancements of the new Alltrack. These include the new front bumper and side skirts, as well as the soft plastic body liner for protection. If we are to speculate, there’s probably a 2.0-liter diesel mated to a dual-clutch automatic under the hood, delivering power to all four wheels.
The original Golf Country was co-manufactured with Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Austria and only 7,735 cars were built. Looking at Volkswagen’s current portfolio, the brand already has (more … than) enough crossovers on sale around the world and in our eyes, a sturdy little hatch just doesn’t make a business case for the automaker.