The Volkswagen Golf 8 Wagon has been revealed ahead of a possible Australian debut alongside the rugged Alltrack, bolstering the regular Golf 8 hatch variants already on sale in Europe. Both new variants will join the hatchback version of the eighth generation Golf later in 2021, with pricing and specifications still to be announced.
The newly revealed additions to the Golf 8 family give those wishing for a little more space than a regular hatchback Golf a vastly larger boot, without pushing buyers to buy an SUV such as the much larger and more expensive Tiguan. Compared to the outgoing Golf 7 Wagon, the new one is both longer and wider, resulting in more legroom and a slightly bigger boot at 611 litres compared to the outgoing car’s 605 litres.
The cabin of the new variants is identical to other Golf 8 models, with the majority of physical buttons replaced by large digital screens that control everything from the climate control to the infotainment. Other headlining technologies that will feature in all new generations Golfs include advanced driver assistance and autonomous driving technologies, along with systems designed to allow the Golf to “talk” with other cars, allowing it to avoid traffic jams.
Expect to also see an R model of the newly launched wagon variant just like with the current generation Golf. The Golf Wagon R will adopt a raft of powertrain and chassis upgrades, sharing the same EA888 engine as the Tiguan R, all-wheel drive and lowered sports suspension.
The new Golf Alltrack is an altogether interesting proposition from Volkswagen, offering seemingly a cross between a regular hatchback and an SUV, much like the previous Alltrack, Skoda Scout range and even the Audi A6 allroad. Available with 4Motion all-wheel-drive and with increased ground clearance, along with extra underbody protective plates, you’ll be able to venture off the beaten track for some mild off-roading.
Volkswagen Australia expects to launch the new Golf 8 hatchback in the first half of 2021. Whether the Golf 8 Wagon and Alltrack will make it here remains to be seen however, with Volkswagen’s Australian arm remaining tight lipped. Stay tuned for any developments.