It’s just a one-off concept car, but still, it’s worth mulling the Volkswagen Alltrack Country, which the brand has just revealed.
First, a little context. The standard-issue Volkswagen Golf Alltrack on which it’s based is a real wagon you can buy now; it’s bigger inside than the Impreza Crosstrek, smaller than a Subura Outback, and feels and drives in a decidedly more premium fashion than either. It’s a slightly lifted, slightly beefed version of the Golf SportWagen and it starts at $25,850.
For that you get 0.6 inches more ground clearance (raising the Alltrack to 6.9 inches), metal cladding protecting the edges of the vehicle, and light underbody protection to key components, such as the oil pan. All-wheel-drive is standard, which you can also get on the SportWagen, but on the Alltrack there’s also an off-road mode to the DSG transmission that allows more wheelspin and automates hill-descent control at slow speeds. The throttle tip-in is a little bit softer, too, so you can better modulate the wagon’s pace in slow-speed maneuvers on loose grit.
With this rig, VW’s lifted the Alltrack Country Concept an additional two inches, which at nine inches now puts its ground clearance on par with the likes of the aforementioned Outback. Which reminds that the Volkswagen family has been here before. There was a time, the early 2000s to be specific, that the original Audi Allroad (not the current one) had a full eight inches of ground clearance on a cool (though finicky) air suspension. And if you want to get in the wayback machine to the 1980s, the Golf Country was lifted to have an almost goofy looking 8.2 inches of ground clearance and it was fitted with Syncro AWD—just like that Westfalia Vanagon you heart on Instagram. And in tribute to those old Golfs, Volkswagen’s downsized the wheels to 15-inchers vs. the stock 17s, and added nicely meaty BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 rubber.
Naturally, because this is a concept, it gets a second set of fogs below the stock ones, a roof-wide LED light bar mounted to the leading edge of the front Thule Aeroblade crossbar, and a Bigfoot Hardshell pop-up tent. Further styling includes a hitch-mounted Thule T2 Pro XT bike rack carrying a pair of Trek Staches. On top of the Bigfoot Volkswagen added a solar panel, naturally, to heat water for a solar shower. Juice from the solar panel can also power batteries hidden under the trunk floor—amperage you’ll need to run the media center and USB power ports integrated into the hatch floor.
While some of this is clearly more bling and less functional, we do love the topo-themed custom wrap job and the added ground clearance alone makes tiny wheels in your heads turn a wee bit faster. And you don’t need VW’s help to make this sort of Alltrack feasible. Aftermarket, anyone?