Volkswagen announced that it was testing the waters when it displayed a European-spec Passat Alltrack at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.
Customer response to the Alltrack Concept was positive but the German automaker has yet to announce whether or not it plans on selling the car in the United States.
Volkswagen fans shouldn't lose hope quite yet. A rumor circulating around the European auto industry indicates that the German automaker is developing Alltrack variants of the next-generation Golf and Jetta. The Golf Alltrack will be sold in Europe while the Jetta Alltrack will be offered in the United States only. As tradition would have it both Alltracks will be station wagons.
Aesthetically they will adopt a look that is similar to the Passat Alltrack and to Audi's allroad lineup. Expect to see raised ground clearance, plastic and brushed aluminum trim on the outside and a better-equipped interior.
To go along with the raised ground clearance both cars will come standard with Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. It is too early to speculate on what engines will be found under the hood or what gearboxes will send power to the wheels.
Sources say that the Golf and the Jetta Alltrack will hit showrooms in their respective markets in about 2015.
Volkswagen has not confirmed or denied the rumors but it has previously voiced its desire to launch more wagons with off-road capacities.