Volkswagen has announced that the all-new Golf SportWagen concept will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show. The automaker says that the Golf SportWagen concept “previews a bigger, more spacious, and more fuel-efficient replacement” for the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.
The Golf SportWagen concept has Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive and a new turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. Volkswagen says that a slightly lower stance than the current Jetta SportWagen aids aerodynamics, and the Golf SportWagen is also slightly longer and wider.
Volkswagen says that the Golf SportWagen will be available with two powertrains. Gasoline versions will have a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic will be available. Fuel economy estimates have not been announced, but Volkswagen writes that highway fuel economy could increase by 17 percent when compared with the base 2014 Jetta SportWagen, which gets 23/33 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission.
The Golf SportWagen will also be available with a new turbodiesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower, which is 10 more horsepower than the current Jetta SportWagen TDI offers. Six-speed manual and DSG dual-clutch automatic transmissions will be available on this model.
The Golf SportWagen will offer almost 10 percent more cargo space than the Jetta SportWagen with the rear seats folded, and it will be available with features like automatic climate control, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a panoramic sunroof. An Automatic Post-Collision Braking System will come standard, which Volkswagen says “automatically engages the vehicle’s brakes after it is involved in a collision in order to help reduce secondary collisions and to help bring the vehicle to a stop.”
Pricing and full specs have yet to be announced, but the production version of the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen will go on sale early next year.
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