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VW attacks the Outback with Golf SportWagen Alltrack (pictures)

Volkswagen announces that the 2017 Golf SportWagen and SportWagen Alltrack are coming to America in 2016.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

NEW YORK — Volkswagen debuts its new 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack to the U.S. market at the 2015 New York auto show.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The Alltrack model will go on sale in 2016 as a 2017 model

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

SportWagen models differentiate themselves from the Golf 5-door with an elongated cargo area.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The new model retains the face and style of the compact Golf, but in a more rugged configuration.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The 2017 Alltrack will do battle with the likes of Subaru's Outback when reaches the market.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

Roof rails should be standard equipment on the Alltrack and will accommodate active lifestyle equipment.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The standard Golf SportWagen replaces the popular Jetta Sportwagen.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The Alltrack model will be powered by the same modular line of engines that you'll find in the standard Golf.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

Engine choices include a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The second engine option is Volkswagen's 2.0-liter TDI that makes 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

Transmission choices for those engines hasn't been explicitly stated, but we can expect the automaker's DSG to make an appearance.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

All Alltrack models will be equipped with Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system as a standard feature.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The system is an on-demand setup that can send up to 50 percent of available torque to the rear wheels as needed.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The Alltrack also features an elevated ride height that Volkswagen says will boost it's off-road cred.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

Body cladding along the lower edge and wheel arches completes the off-road ready look.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

Inside, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack retain the automaker's timeless design.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

If you've seen one Volkswagen's interior, you've seen them all. The Alltrack boasts no surprises.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

Here we see the shifter for the automatic transmission.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

This generation of Volkswagen models uses a very modular construction that extends even to the dashboard tech.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The Alltrack's slightly elevated ride height should yield the benefit of a more commanding view of the road.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

Instrumentation is VW simple with dual gauges flanking a monochrome info display.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack's chassis is nearly as long as its name.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

Like the standard Sportwagen, the Golf Alltrack will boast more room for cargo behind its second row.

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