The well-regarded but slow-selling Volkswagen Golf Alltrack has been axed from the Australian range.
Volkswagen’s latest Mk 8 version, which we first covered back in September following its global reveal, won’t be making the trip to Australia with the rest of the Golf line-up.
The Alltrack is essentially a jacked-up Golf wagon with plastic wheel arch guards and all-wheel drive (AWD) – think of its as a cut-price Audi A4 Allroad.
In short, Volkswagen Australia doesn’t want the logistical headache of selling too many variants, and thinks the new T-Roc and expanded (soon-to-be-updated) Tiguan family cover off the majority of prospective Golf Alltrack buyers’ needs.
The high-riding, all-wheel drive Golf wagon has found 333 Australian buyers this year, and 3998 since launch in 2015.
At the same time the company is working on deciding which ‘regular’ Golf wagon version to import, to augment the hatch range due in the first half of 2021 (prices here). Expect one or two grades at most, as wagon sales decline.
“With comparably priced vehicles from the Tiguan and T-Roc ranges, we can’t make a case for the Mark 8 version of the Golf Alltrack,” a Volkswagen Australia spokesperson told us this week.
Fans of the Alltrack crossover concept can, at least, be reassured that the larger and more premium Passat Alltrack will continue, with several new variants set to arrive during 2021.
These will be the 162TSI Passat Alltrack at $46,990 before on-road costs, and more Luxurious 162TSI Alltrack Premium at $58,790.
This latter one adds massaging seats, Matrix headlights, a Harman Kardon sound system, and other luxuries.
“The Alltrack theme continues in Volkswagen showrooms with new versions of the Passat Alltrack with 162TSI engine and 4MOTION arriving in 2021,” Volkswagen Australia says.
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