Look elsewhere, America, because these two will remain forbidden fruits. The previous SportWagen and Alltrack have retired after the 2019 model year and will not return to American soil with the eighth generation. In Europe and other parts of the world where Volkswagen will sell the Long Roof Golfs, it looks like the two cars are almost ready to go official.
While the regular model was taken with Mk7-esque camouflage only on the rear lights, its sturdy counterpart had a bit more disguise. There’s a bit of weird camouflage on the front bumper and the bottom of the rear bumper, but the makeup doesn’t hide anything to write about. We can easily see the plastic bodywork on the wheel arches and the raised suspension for better ground clearance.
For some reason, VW decided to apply mascara to the headlights, but we expect them to be practically the same as on all other Golfs. Taking a look through the black ribbon applied to the front fender is the “Alltrack” badge to further confirm that we are dealing with the crossover-inspired version of the compact wagon.
Expect the Golf Alltrack to be offered with premium gasoline and diesel engines as before, with automatic transmission and standard 4Motion. It will be interesting to see if VW will take the Skoda route by offering the adventurer wagon with a front-wheel drive layout as is the case with the mechanical Octavia Scout.
VW is expected to unveil the two Golf family flavors before the end of the year. The family will grow further in 2020 with the addition of the hot-hatchback models GTI TCR and R. Since there is now a Tiguan R, Touareg R and two Arteon R versions, we hope that the Golf R wagon will live to see a new generation.
As some of you will remember, the old one was offered not only as an R model, but also as a GTD with a powerful diesel engine on the Old Continent. A GTE badged golf car with the powertrain of the Octavia RS iV is likely underway as part of VW’s plan to electrify its lineup.