The company consolidates and simplifies its lineup in the coming model year

Customers in the United States who are considering buying a Volkswagen over the next year can look forward to some big changes in the German automaker’s lineup. We already know about the Golf Alltrack joining the range, but even existing vehicles have improvements on the horizon.

For those that don’t want the Alltrack’s slight increase in ride height or its extra body cladding, the Golf SportWagen is available with optional 4Motion all-wheel drive. Buyers can only get Haldex-5-based system on the base S trim, and they can spec either a manual or automatic gearbox.

VW has a big shakeup for the 2017 GTI (2016 model year pictured above), too. A new Sport trim fits between S and SE versions, and it sounds like a great choice for those that value driver engagement over luxury amenities. Available exclusively on the five-door model, the new variant comes standard with 18-inch wheels and the Performance Package, which adds 10 more horsepower for a total of 220 hp, larger brakes from the Golf R, and a torque-sensing limited-slip differential. It also comes with Bi-Xenon headlights, LED running lights, keyless access with push-button start, and black mirror caps. Expect it to arrive at dealers by September.

With the German automaker’s diesel scandal still unresolved in the U.S, the company is generally simplifying its lineup for the new model year. For example, the Jetta Hybrid is no longer available, and the automaker is merging trims to reduce the options on other vehicles. Check out the press release below to see the specific changes for the whole 2017 range.

Source: Volkswagen

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