The U.S. production version of the new all-wheel-drive wagon debuted ahead of the 2016 New York Auto Show.
Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
"We heard from dealers and customers that they wanted to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from an all-wheel-drive system," said Joerg Sommer, Volkswagen of America vice president of product marketing and strategy, in a statement.
The Golf SportWagen Alltrack is equipped with a 170-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder TSI gasoline engine and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission will be available at a later date.
Fuel economy estimates were not provided.
Exterior cues include body cladding and unique bumpers, wheelwells and side sills. Additional ground clearance "gives Alltrack a rugged off-road look," VW said.
The SE and SE versions have 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; the SEL model has 18-inch wheels.
The cabin features leatherette seating surfaces as standard.
A Drive Mode selector includes an "Off-Road mode" which adds hill-descent control and improves traction control for off-road terrain.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers still have a bit of a wait for the SportWagen Alltrack. But those making long-range plans will want to check out this new all-wheel-drive wagon.