Hot on the heels of announcing the end of production for the iconic Beetle in Puebla, Mexico, Volkswagen has revealed that its two wagons, the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen, will end production once the 2019 model year is done. This marks the end of wagons for Volkswagen in the U.S. after they were a mainstay in the lineup for the last 53 years. Within the next two years, Volkswagen will release three SUVs, including the all-electric ID Crozz that arrives early next year, and the Atlas Cross Sport before the end of 2019.
With SUVs accounting for 50 percent of the Volkswagen brand’s lineup in the U.S., the German automaker has shifted its focus to take advantage of the high demand. As a result, the two wagons will be replaced by a small SUV that will slot below the Tiguan. A Volkswagen spokesperson confirmed to Automobile last week that the SUV in question is the Chinese market Tharu, but it will use a different name for the Americas (rumored to be Tarek, at least for Central and South America). In the Chinese market, that model uses a range of turbocharged gas engines, including a 1.4-liter and a 2.0-liter, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
For those looking to snap up one of these wagons before they finish production, Volkswagen will continue making the Golf Alltrack through December of this year. That model comes standard with all-wheel drive, an additional 0.6 inch of ground clearance over the Golf SportWagen, and a 168-hp 1.8-liter turbo-four paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The Golf SportWagen switched to the 147-hp 1.4-liter turbo-four for the 2019 model year and can be had with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
With word the upcoming eighth generation Volkswagen Golf may only be available in GTI and Golf R guise in the U.S., we’re not surprised that the two wagon variants got discontinued first. They’ll likely return for the next generation in other markets, but in North America, SUVs rule the road and wagons have become a small niche.
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