Volkswagen is calling time on its US wagons, with the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen both confronting the hatchet before the finish of the 2019 model year. As you may expect it’s SUVs that are to be faulted for the choice, with VW surrendering that drivers are casting a ballot with their wallets and it’s not for the modest station wagon.
“SUVs have certainly taken on the position of family haulers from the station wagons and minivans we recall from our childhoods,” Scott Keogh, President and Chief of Volkswagen of America, said of the choice. In the principal half of this current year, for instance, SUVs meant more than 50-percent of the automaker’s deals in America.
The Alltrack and SportWagen were intended to moderate the move far from increasingly conventional traveler vehicles, at any rate a bit. The Golf SportWagen was the vehicle sold as the Golf Domain in Europe, renamed for North American sensibilities in 2015 and promising vehicle style driving elements with hybrid adaptability. 30.4 cubic feet of trunk space – growing to more than 66 cu.ft with the back seats collapsed – held up pleasantly contrasted with comparably estimated little SUVs.
The Golf Alltrack 4Motion, in the mean time, was a much progressively unequivocal endeavor to force American drivers out of hybrids. Uncovered in 2016, and after that propelled the next year, it raised the ride tallness by 0.6-creeps for a sum of 6.9 crawls of ground leeway, at that point included beefier outside cladding and all-wheel drive. A fan well disposed standard six-speed manual transmission could be swapped for a six-speed double grip programmed.
It went down well with commentators – ourselves included – yet even that wasn’t sufficient to stem the SUV tide. VW says that Alltrack creation will proceed all the way to the finish of the year, yet after that point the two wagons will be hacked out.
In their place will be – you got it – more SUVs. VW will have three new models in the space of the following two years, including the Chart book Cross Game five-seater later in 2019, and afterward the ID. CROZZ all-electric SUV right off the bat in 2020. The last will be VW’s first MEB-based electric model offered in America. Come 2021, in the interim, there’ll a third SUV, expected as a littler model to space in under the current Tiguan.
VW isn’t the only one in moving manner from traveler vehicles, obviously. Passage made the unexpected declaration back in April 2018 that it would trim most by far of non-utility models from its range, given the perpetual deals achievement of trucks, SUVs, and hybrids. Vehicles like the Party, Center, and Combination will be supplanted by hybrids of fluctuating sizes, Passage stated, as the automaker pursues most extreme benefit from every deal.