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In 2012, Volkswagen introduced the Passat Alltrack to bridge the gap between the on-road and off-road worlds. Now Germany’s most successful automaker is transferring this concept to another vehicle with the new VW Golf Alltrack. Technical and visual features of the Golf Alltrack include its 4MOTION four-wheel drive system, higher ground clearance, wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers and many other independent exterior and interior features.
One petrol engine (TSI) and three diesel engines (TDI) are available in the Golf Alltrack – all of them are powerful turbocharged direct-injection engines. The 1.8 TSI that produces 132 kW / 180 PS is an entirely new addition to the Golf range. TDI versions of the Golf Alltrack will launch at these power levels: 81 kW / 110 PS (1.6 TDI), 110 kW / 150 PS (2.0 TDI) and 135 kW / 184 PS (2.0 TDI). The versions with 180 PS and 184 PS transfer their power to the four-wheel drive system via a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard.
Permanent four-wheel drive
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack was designed for good performance on both paved roads and light off-road terrain. This is possible thanks to the 4MOTION four-wheel drive system. The system, which is equipped with a latest generation Haldex coupling, is activated even before wheel slip occurs, utilising a proactive control system that adapts to the momentary driving state and prevents nearly all loss of traction. Under relatively low engine load conditions, or when coasting, the front axle is driven while the rear axle is decoupled. This basic drive layout saves fuel. If necessary, the rear axle can be variably engaged within fractions of a second. This is done by the Haldex-5 coupling, which is activated via an electro-hydraulic oil pump. A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear axle and controls to what degree the multi-plate coupling should engage by controlling the oil pump. If necessary, nearly 100 per cent of the drive torque can be directed to the rear axle.
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