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The latest variant of Volkswagen’s MQB-based Mk7 Golf family is the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, which is essentially a higher-riding version of a Volkswagen Golf wagon with off-roader bits and 4MOTION all wheel drive added on.

It slots in between the Golf wagon and the Tiguan SUV and will premiere at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Volkswagen followed a different formula with this car compared to the Mk6-based Cross Golf. The Mk6 car used the tall-roof Golf Plus as a base (now called the Golf Sport Van for the Mk7), while this one uses the wagon body.

Think of how the Volvo V40 Cross Country is a V40 with an off-roader look and you’ll get the idea. Ground clearance is 20 mm higher compared to a regular Golf wagon.

Der neue Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Engine variants include a range of TSI and TDI engines. There’s only one TSI engine – a 180 PS, 280 Nm 1.8 TSI mated to a 6-speed DSG. The other three TDI engines consist of a 110 PS, 250 Nm 1.6 TDI, a 150 PS, 340 Nm 2.0 TDI and an 184 PS, 380 Nm 2.0 TDI.

The 4MOTION system is based on the latest generation Haldex coupling which activates before slip occurs, helping prevent loss in traction more effectively. Under relatively low engine load conditions, or when coasting, forward propulsion comes primarily from the front axle, while the rear axle is decoupled, saving fuel. The rear axle can engage when needed in fractions of a second, and up to 100% of drive torque can go to the rear wheels if needed.

The four wheel EDS system – operating as an electronic differential lock that is integrated in the ESC electronic stability control system – assumes the role of a differential lock at both axles. The Golf Alltrack is also equipped with XDS at the front and rear axles, which can optimise steering response by braking the wheels on the inside of a bend.

The Golf Alltrack will debut at Paris 2014 next week.