• Dec 3, 2008
Click above for high-res image gallery of VW Golf Plus

The second generation of Volkswagen's Golf Plus has made its official debut (after an earlier blooper-style unveil) today at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy. Like the first edition that debuted back in 2004 and was based on the MK V Golf architecture, the new Plus is a raised-roof MPV version of the new sixth-gen Golf. We think it's quite fetching in a mini-minivanish sort of way, especially when equipped with the optional 18-inch alloys as seen above. Although the official powerplant options have yet to be revealed, the European market, which is where this new model will be sold, is sure to dictate that a range of diesel and petrol engines are on the menu.

VeeDub's cool ParkAssist system will also be optional on the new Golf Plus. The technology displays a real-time image of what's directly behind the car and can take control of the steering wheel to guide the car into a parking spot. Expect the official launch to take place next Spring in the UK.


[Source: Volkswagen]

PRESS RELEASE:

NEW GOLF PLUS PREMIERES AT BOLOGNA MOTOR SHOW

Volkswagen has today unveiled the second generation Golf Plus at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy.

The updated design of the new Golf Plus forges a link to the bodystyle of the sixth generation Golf hatchback and gives a distinctive and dynamic appearance. The front is dominated by the horizontally aligned band of the radiator grille with two high-gloss black cross-bars and an integrated Volkswagen roundel, between revised headlights.

Exterior styling revisions continue with a slightly lower profile than the previous generation and with newly designed integrated roof rails. At the rear, the new Golf Plus has a fully colour-coded redesigned bumper and revised 'cherry red' rear lights incorporating LED technology. The exterior styling modifications are complemented by a range of new wheel and tyre options, including 18-inch 'Bilbao' alloy wheels from Volkswagen Individual.

Inside the cabin, further improvements have been made and the new Golf Plus reaches a new level of quality while continuing to be one of the most practical and versatile vehicles in its class. New upholstery materials and details are carried over from the new Golf, while clearly defined white backlit instruments, with brushed chrome surrounds, steering wheel options and air conditioning systems are similar to those in the new Golf and Passat CC.

Engines are still to be confirmed but a range of advanced petrol and diesels add further refinement to the revised model, with improved levels of fuel economy and reduced emissions. Both petrol and diesel models are linked to either a five- or six-speed manual or a six- or seven-speed DSG gearbox.

One petrol option will be a 1.4-litre 122 PS TSI engine which is forecast to return 44.8 mpg with carbon dioxide emissions of 146 g/km and a top speed of 124 mph. Common rail TDI engines, all fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) will be available with outputs between 90 PS and 140 PS. The 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS has a top speed of 127 mph, and is expected to emit just 135 g/km while returning 55.4 mpg.

For the first time on the Golf Plus, Volkswagen's ParkAssist will be offered. This system has the ability to operate the steering automatically during reverse parallel parking manoeuvres. A rear-view camera, mounted behind the Volkswagen roundel on the bootlid, is also available as an option. The system, currently available on the new Golf, Tiguan and Passat CC, transmits an image and graphic guidelines to the dash-mounted radio or navigation screen to assist with parking.

Prices, engines and specifications for the new Golf Plus will be announced closer to the vehicle's UK launch in Spring 2009.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wish this was available in North America as well.

      Like the Tiguan as well, but this offers so much more efficiency (and probably better handling) at a lower price point.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW BIG News! I already own one, its called a Nissan Versa... funny how VW copied it right to the small windows in front of the mirrors! Mine is a 6spd M, I get 30+ mpg city and have gotten 45mpg HWY.
      I bet the Nissan will be cheaper to buy, own, and have a better warranty then this "latest" "breakthrough" by Vdub. I'm no VW hater but come on people, this is nothing new... I suppose you'll see one in the US by 2010, by then it'll be a "sigh,ho hum" as far as design...
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW's take on the Kia Rondo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Of course... in any post there must be some comment like this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ditto mk3. The Carens/Rondo (and I may add the Mazda 5) is (are) such a bestseller(s) that Volkswagen couldn't leave the compact MPV alone for them. Yeah, right. :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      WhyTF are they continuing this for another generation?

      The original Golf Plus was released because VW didn't want to release a Mk.V Golf estate, but they later changed their minds and launched a Mk.V Golf estate (Jetta wagon in the US). What's the point of the Golf Plus now? It's a useless compromise between the Golf estate and the Touran.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's very practical, but the styling doesn't do it for me. I love the new Golf's design and I generally like tall hatchbacks (their quirkiness for some reason appeals to me), but the styling just doesn't cross over well.
      It would, however, be a good competitor to the Mazda5 and Kia Rondo if VW just made it a little longer (giving it more hatch space).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Give me that landscape.

      (..what car?)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The design snore of the day, thanks VW, I needed that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh joy! Another hatchback!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a MiniCrossVanBackOver.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Clean and subtle designs are refreshing in an era of Bangle-izations, Acura TLs, incohesive lines, etc. Good job VW for having some restraint.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree! Nice design VW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i think it's great looking. i agree with the comments above about it being tailored and tasteful. i love the wheels too. it's german looking in the way they were in the 70s and 80s, not garish and over the top like today's MBs and BMWs. i don't know why they don't sell the Plus or the Touran here either. in today's more mpg sensitive market, maybe they will reconsider.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring it to the US!

      And Mercedes Benz, if you're listening, bring the B-class too. It's already available in Canada. A lot of usefulness for the space.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not much into minivans or 4 door vehicles in general, but this is one sharp looking vehicle. VW scores very well with this clean balanced design. I really like it and would readily prefer this over a small SUV or sedan. C'mon VW, please bring this with a diesel to the US!




      • 6 Years Ago
      Has VW just given up on wheel design?
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