- The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen will be discontinued in the U.S. market after the 2019 model year.
- VW will be moving its focus to crossovers and SUVs, with three new models coming within 24 months.
- There's still a chance that the next-gen Alltrack could come to the United States.
Volkswagen has announced that it is killing off both the Golf Alltrack and the Golf SportWagen in the United States after the 2019 model year, moving the brand's focus to upcoming SUV models and cars under the new electric I.D. subbrand. That means that for the first time since the 1960s, there will be no VW wagon for sale in the States.
The Alltrack will continue to be produced through December 2019 at VW's Puebla, Mexico, plant, but the automaker doesn't say when production of the regular SportWagen will end. A few months ago it was rumored that the next-gen SportWagen wouldn't make its way to the U.S., but we had expected that the Alltrack still would come here—since this announcement only pertains to the current Mark 7 Golf, there's still a chance the Mark 8 Alltrack could come here.
VW says that more than 50 percent of its U.S. sales through the first half of 2019 have been SUVs, a bit higher than the industry average, and it has three new models coming within the next 24 months. First will be the Atlas Cross Sport, a sportier, two-row version of the existing Atlas. Debuting early next year will be the production version of the electric I.D. Crozz, the first I.D. model that will come to the United States. Finally, a new compact model is coming in 2021 to slot in under the Tiguan—it will likely be the Tharu/Tarek.
We're sad about these models dying not just because it means two fewer wagons in our market, but because the Golfs are the only wagons on the U.S. market that are available with manual transmissions. (We even spec'd our long-term Alltrack with the stick.) Fingers crossed that at least one wagon version of the next-gen Golf will come to the U.S. and that we'll still be able to row our own in it.
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