Here’s the latest intel about VW’s SUV plans. A must read!
The Polo crossover won’t be the only SUV Volkswagen spawns from this platform — while that is a properly-trained mud wrestler, the Up! Alltrack and the bigger Golf Variant Alltrack aim at a more lifestyle-oriented clientele. In the case of the Up!, VW sources are talking about a long-wheelbase five-door model decorated with Passat-inspired Alltrack cues. You don’t get all-wheel drive, but you get more cabin space, a dedicated chassis set-up, bigger-diameter whels, and the full cosmetic transformation. About six months after the launch of the new Golf VII Variant (aka wagon) in June 2013, we should see the Alltrack derivative that can be had with 4Motion all-wheel drive, a la Passat Alltrack. For the first time ever in this segment, VW plants to offer a combination of TDI diesel engine, DSG dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive. If this theme catches on, a Touran Alltrack MPV may follow suit in early 2015.