A report by UK magazine CAR suggests the new project will be yet another addition to the booming compact SUV market, with Volkswagen keen to strike while the segment is still on the up.
Those looking for a true 4WD would be advised to look elsewhere however, as the Golf SUV is expected to mirror most of its compact SUV rivals in offering minimal off-road ability - in ‘standard’ form, that is.
Both front- and all-wheel-drive could be available along with a range of four-cylinder engines and perhaps a plug-in hybrid, while the options catalogue is expected to be big.
Everything from larger wheels, all-terrain tyres, raised suspension, flared wheel-arches, a larger fuel tank and reinforced underbody protection will be optional, along with an on-demand off-road system with hill-decent control.
However, it won't be intended to be taken too far off the beaten track: neither locking differentials nor a low-range transfer case are expected to be on the options list.
Volkswagen is expected to offer the Golf SUV in two wheelbases, with the smaller model sold in Europe (and perhaps Australia?) while the ‘stretched’ version would be headed to US and Chinese showrooms.
Upon the Golf SUV’s arrival, the Tiguan will reportedly move up-market.
The Volkswagen Golf SUV is rumoured for a 2018 debut, to coincide with the launch of the ‘regular’ Golf MkVIII.
NOTE: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack pictured
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