This compact unibody truck exists only virtually (and in our dreams).
The 2021 Volkswagen Golf Variant and Alltrack, based on the redesigned Golf 8 chassis, were revealed last week. What if VW offered its Continentally popular family car lineup as a unibody compact pickup? That’s a future this “Alltruck” rendering tries to imagine.
Coming to us via Behance from the rendering studio known as KDesign AG, the Volkswagen Golf Alltruck imagines what the Wolfsburg outfit could possibly produce if it decided to gun after the Ford Maverick and rumoured Hyundai Santa Cruz. While its awkward rear haunches remind us somewhat of the bygone Subaru Baja, the Alltruck could be a winner among small families with active lifestyles.
The conventional Golf 8 donates everything forward of the B-pillar to the Alltruck rendering, meaning lovely scalloped headlights with a full-width LED daytime running lamp, unusual hexagonal foglight arrays, an Arteon-like bonnet, and crisp bodyside surfacing. The rear door and everything that follows are unique to the imaginative pickup, though. The shutline is more upright, as is the rear door glass, and an extended wheelbase allows for a much longer cargo area than the ‘Wagen estate can offer.
That longer rear end would also improve the Golf’s handling when loaded down with heavy cargo, keeping mass centred between the front and rear axles as much as possible. The Alltruck also gets a beefy roof rack for more cargo flexibility, and the high bedsides allow for lots of carrying capacity – at the expense of reach-in access. As on the Golf Alltrack, the pickup tailgate splits the taillights in two.
So what are the odds this rendering will inspire ze Germans to actually build the cleverly named Alltruck? Practically zero. Although a pickup-ified estate could sell decently in the US, it’s not a sure enough bet to justify development costs – even Ford is gun-shy about the Maverick, which might share a good deal of engineering with the current Transit Connect van to defray costs.