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In 2017, Volkswagen decided it wanted a piece of the high-riding all-wheel-drive wagon market in the U.S. and released the Golf Alltrack. Now, with a year under its belt, the 2018 version of the lifted wagon is getting a slight update that includes a new look, technology, and driver-assistance systems.

On the outside, the 2018 Golf Alltrack will gain more pronounced body lines, updated bumpers, and a more stylish chrome grille. Other new bits include standard full-LED taillights and daytime running lights, bolder headlights with available full-LED technology, new wheel options, and new colors.

The 2018 Golf Alltrack’s technology will also get some updates. These updates include new automatic headlights, a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen audio system, rain-sensing wipers, available 8-inch touchscreen audio system, and an available auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Under its hood, expect no changes from the current 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that injects 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. This power will flow through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and out to all four wheels via VW’s 4MOTION system. The S and SE models will have an optional six-speed manual transmission.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Safety is not an issue for the current Golf Alltrack, as it is an IIHS Top Safety Pick – it just missed Top Safety Pick Plus status due to its “Poor” rating in the new headlight test. Maybe the 2018 model’s new full-LED headlights can rectify this issue and score it “Plus” status. For the 2018 model year, the Golf Alltrack also gains optional auto emergency braking and blind-spot assist with the SE trim – previously, this was only available on the SEL.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

There are no details on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack’s arrival at dealers. Stay tuned for updates.

With so many tech changes, we could see the Golf Alltrack’s pricing tick upward slightly from the 2017 model’s range of $27,770-$33,710 (destination fees included).

Despite being a new model, the current Golf Alltrack has plenty of strong deals, including 1.9 percent APR for 60 months, an unadvertised dealer incentive, and up to a $1,000 conquest bonus.

The only true competition for the Golf Alltrack is the Subaru Outback.

See prices & deals on the current Alltrack »

Pictured: 2018 Golf Alltrack

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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