Speaking of which, the Alltrack was originally announced with a dino-bone burning option, and that has been shelved for the time being, along with all other V.A.G. diesels.
It is with three pedals and the option to row your own gears that the Alltrack may be most compelling, and that’s important in a crowded market.
An extra inch of ground clearance, and an Off-Road mode that activates hill descent control and makes adjustments to the traction control are nice bits for press releases, but it is the availability of a manual transmission that will be the X factor for the Alltrack.
The Audi Allroad isn’t available with a manual, neither is the Subaru Outback, or Volvo V60 Cross Country. Volkswagen stands to capitalize on these other brands abandoning the enthusiast market, and all they have to do is not duff the tee shot.
Though pricing has yet to be announced, you can be sure it’ll be competitive with the Outback, possibly even positioned to slightly undercut it. In this segment, a few hundred dollars can be the difference between making and losing a sale.
Lots of questions remain, but the big one is will the Alltrack be enough to lure the faithful away from the house of Fuji Heavy Industries, and restore faith in a brand once known for their loyal customers?