VW says AWD SportWagen coming in 2016
LOS ANGELES -- Volkswagen U.S. CEO Michael Horn disclosed that VW finally will offer an all-wheel drive version of SportWagen in the U.S.
Called the Golf SportWagen Alltrack, it's not due until 2016 as a 2017 model, Horn said. It's raised about two inches higher than the conventional SportWagen for better ground clearance in challenging terrain, and to give it the kind of ready-for-anything that buyers of all-wheel-drive vehicles often favor.
VW says it'll begin selling the SportWagen next April with VW's popular diesel as the base engine. The diesel already is bought by about 80% of SportWagen customers, but declaring a diesel to be standard equipment in the U.S. is bold, and unique outside the world of heavy trucks.