Volkswagen has used the 2016 New York Auto Show to stage the North American premiere of the production Golf Alltrack.

Scheduled to go on sale this fall, the rugged station wagon from Germany brings almost one inch higher suspension compared to the regular Golf SportWagen and adopts more rugged body with plastic cladding and redesigned bumpers. The manufacturer has also installed silver roof rails, matte side mirror caps, and underbody aluminium protection. There are also bespoke 17-inch (S and SE trims) and 18-inch (SEL trim) alloy wheels.

Once inside the cabin, you’ll find premium atmosphere with standard leather seats, ambient lighting, aluminum pedal covers and door sills, and a 6.5-inch capacitive color touchscreen for the infotainment system.

North American customers will be able to select only one engine for the model. This is a turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder gasoline unit that produces 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. At first, it will be linked exclusively to a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission, but later on a six-speed manual will be added as well.

As standard comes a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system working with fifth-gen Haldex coupling. A special Off-Road Mode available from the Drive Mode selector turns on the hill descent control system and also optimizes traction control, providing improved traction on off-road surfaces.

Volkswagen explains the Golf Alltrack has a spacious trunk that’s in line with those of compact SUVs. With the rear seats up, it boasts 861 litres (30.4 cubic feet) of space, while that figure rises to 1,883 L (66.5 cu. ft.) once you fold down the rear bench.

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