At this year’s New York International Auto Show, Volkswagen is going to debut a concept version of the latest member of the SportWagen family. Dubbed Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, the concept model is a station wagon version of the popular Volkswagen Golf and the production model of the same is expected to hit the market in early 2015.
The all-new Golf SportWagen is based on the Volkswagen’s MQB platform, which makes it roomier, bigger, lighter and more fuel efficient than the outgoing Jetta SportWagen. Despite being lighter than Jetta SportWagen, the Golf-based concept is 1.1 inches longer and 0.7 inches wider than the same. The height has also been lowered by 0.9 inches, directly improving the aerodynamic performance of the body. Just like the exterior, Volkswagen has also rethought the interior to squeeze out more shoulder- and leg-room at the rear.
The powertrain options list contains two engines, including a new TDI Clean Diesel unit. Customers who prefer petrol units over diesel ones will be able to order the Golf SportWagen with a 1.8 liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injected engine that puts out 170 horses and is mated to a 6-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission.
For diesel lovers, there is the TDI Clean Diesel model powered by a new EA288 2.0-liter common-rail, direct-injection, turbocharged heart that is good for 150 hp. The same will be offered with two transmissions: a DSG dual-clutch automatic or a 6-speed manual unit.
The new SportWagen is heavily equipped when it comes to features. The equipment list features 12-way power driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, Climatronic automatic climate control, Park Distance Control, Advanced Front-lighting System and 18” aluminum wheels. The standard features list would also include Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, a new driver assistance system that uses the airbag sensors to detect a collision and automatically applies the brakes to avoid secondary collisions.