The 2017 VW Golf Alltrack is just months away. Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG – July 5, 2015 2017 VW Golf Alltrack discussion with VWoA PR lead, Mark Gillies – Pricing and EPA ratings TBA. While at the VW Golf SportWagen short lead in Austin just over a year ago, a lot of questions were asked of the reps and engineers on hand about the 4Motion AWD variant of the sharp looking all-new VW Golf SportWagen. The VW team danced around the questions as best they could but there was no mistaking that most on-hand were hoping to hear about and see a future Subaru fighting AWD variant of the Golf SportWagen. Volkswagen provided that answer at the 2015 New York International Auto Show (NAIAS) last year.. Coinciding with the arrival of the all-new Golf SportWagen, Volkswagen announced that an all-wheel-drive (AWD) Golf Alltrack model will go on sale in 2016 as a 2017 model. Technical and visual differences between the Golf SportWagen and the Alltrack include a 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, nearly an inch higher ground clearance, wheel arch moldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers, and an even more upscale interior. While Volkswagen would not confirm or deny a TDI variant given they are still battling with CARB and the EPA for emissions certification, I would be very surprised if a TDI engine equipped trim or two was not offered within the upcoming Alltrack sometime this coming winter. VW Golf SportWagen Alltrack AWD in detail The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system uses the latest Haldex-5 coupling, activated via an electro-hydraulic oil pump. In normal driving, the Alltrack acts like a FWD car with superb efficiency but as soon as the system detects wheel slip, up to 50 percent of the drive torque can be mapped to the rear wheels. In addition to the Haldex coupling that acts longitudinally, electronic differential locks (EDL) at the front and rear axles act laterally in concert with the electronic stability control system. The system briefly brakes a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side. In combination with the higher ground clearance, this 4MOTION all-wheel drive system helps to give the newest Golf SportWagen the off-road capability and load-carrying capacity of a compact SUV along with the on-road manners and fuel economy of a compact wagon. In other words, VW will be putting Subaru on notice that it will be offering a more solid, efficient and better handling AWD daily driver than Subaru currently offers. It will look better too. VW Golf Alltrack NHTSA Crash Test Ratings The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just released the VW 2017 Golf Alltrack crash test ratings. Within, the all-new offering has earned Administrations best 5-star overall safety rating. The addition of the Alltrack, which hits showrooms this fall, will complete the Golf family of vehicles which includes the Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R and Golf SportWagen. The 2017 Golf Alltrack joins the Golf family as well as the Passat, Jetta, and Beetle coupe as 2017 Volkswagen models that have an overall 5-Star Rating. NHTSA’s NCAP tests and measurements provide front, side, and rollover crash test ratings that provide consumers information to make better buying decisions. The rating results are relayed to consumers using an easily recognizable star rating system from one to five, with five being the best a vehicle can achieve. 2017 VW Golf Alltrack NHTSA Crash Test Ratings Joerg Sommer, VP of Product Marketing and Strategy, VWoA: The Alltrack provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems engineered to exceed all current crash regulations and features. It includes front, side and side curtain airbags, along with active Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and an Intelligent Crash Response System. Its real claim to fame however is its VW 4Motion AED system. Available advanced driver assistance systems on the Alltrack include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).