Volkswagen wants a slice of Subaru's market share.

Volkswagen is debating whether to offer the Golf hatchback with 4Motion, its permanent four-wheel drive system.The Golf 4Motion is built and sold in Europe, but it's not available in the United States because it would need to be shipped across the pond. Hendrik Muth, Volkswagen's vice president of product marketing and strategy, told The Truth About Cars that building the four-wheel drive Golf Alltrack in Puebla, Mexico, has opened up many new possibilities for the brand.

Offering a Golf with permanent four-wheel drive would allow Volkswagen's troubled North American division to boost its sales by luring buyers out of Subaru showrooms, especially in regions with harsh winters. How much the option will cost is up in the air at this point. Similarly, it's too early to tell whether the 4Motion Golf will be offered with a manual or an automatic transmission.

Building a four-wheel drive Golf is simple and straight-forward because the system already exists, it's only a matter of building it and getting it into showrooms. And while a final decision hasn't been made yet, the U.S.-spec Golf 4Motion could appear before the end of the year if it gets the proverbial green light for production from Volkswagen management.

Buyers who want a four-wheel drive Golf already have several options to choose from. The Golf R (pictured) and the Golf Alltrack come standard with 4Motion, and the system is available at an extra cost on the Golf SportWagen.

Photos by Ronan Glon.