Just last week, when we brought you news of a new Volkswagen Golf variant out and testing in Europe, we had no idea we were being so literal with out description. For it seems that VW has every intention of calling its new Golf wagon, making its Geneva debut, the "Golf Variant."

Odd/interesting sobriquets taken as read then, there's a lot to like about this new small wagon from VW. The Variant will shed some 232 pounds in this generation, and will come to market with two efficient TDI engines. Volkswagen isn't giving us displacement figures for either yet, but we're told the diesels will come with outputs of 110 and 150 horsepower. The 110-hp TDI BlueMotion Varient will be good for a whopping 71.3 miles per gallon on the European cycle, when mated to the six-speed manual transmission.

The German automaker has brought along an all-wheel-drive 4Motion version of the Gold Variant to bow in Geneva, as well, and a natural gas-burning TGI BlueMotion is said to be "in the pipeline."

No word yet has to when or how the Golf Variant will make its transition to the US market, though there's a decent likelihood that some version of it will become our new Jetta SportWagen. Europeans can expect the Variant to appear for sale in August of this year.
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NEW VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VARIANT MAKES ITS DEBUT AT THE GENEVA AUTO SHOW

- Versatile station wagon is significantly roomier than predecessor, yet up to 232 pounds lighter

- TDI® BlueMotion model is the most fuel-efficient Volkswagen wagon ever, with an EC combined fuel consumption figure of 71.3 mpg

- Golf Variant goes on sale in Europe in August, 2013

Wolfsburg/Geneva, March 2013 - Volkswagen will expand the Golf range even further at the 83rd Geneva Salon de l'Automobile with the debut of the new Golf Variant (wagon). Like the new Golf hatchback, the Variant is significantly lighter than its predecessor, to the tune of up to 232 pounds.

For the first time, Volkswagen is also offering the Golf Variant as a stand-alone and extremely fuel-efficient TDI BlueMotion model in Europe. The 110-horsepower Variant is the most fuel-efficient Volkswagen wagon ever, with an EC combined fuel economy figure of 71.3 mpg (equivalent to 87 g/km CO2) when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

The all-wheel-drive Golf Variant 4Motion will also debut in Geneva. It will be available as a TDI Clean Diesel model with 105- and 150-hp engines. Volkswagen has a Golf Estate TGI BlueMotion with natural gas drive (CNG) in the pipeline, too.


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      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hm- I didn't think much of the last few sets of pictures that came around, but I really like the blockier styling in theis color/trim level.
      CarSnaab
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, that is classy and elegant inside and outside. I love the color scheme of the press photos. The crease along the sides reminds me of early 2000s BMW 3 series, and that's not a bad thing. Since Mazda is not giving us the 6 wagon, I hope this makes it here.
      jasondonogh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear VW of NA.... I would like this in the same color blue as these pics with either a 2.0T or 2.0TDI mated to a 6 SPEED MT. I would also like a GTi, GTD or R factory suspension. I would also not mind having AWD. Also I want a panoramic sunroof, and yes, love those brushed roof rails. Might even splurge for the brushed side mirrors and tailgate protector. Oh and I want an all black interior with black pillars and roof liner or a two tone interior. I'll take a big nav screen too. 18" wheels standard for me and halogen or bi xenon headlamps with led running lights and led tail lights please. Cash in hand. Come on VW, make it happen for me this time.
      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      If we ever see an AWD 150 HP version of this car, it will probably be badged as an Audi, be decked out with stuff, and cost an arm and a leg.
      Noam Chansky
      • 1 Year Ago
      If and when this comes over, this will be our next vehicle. This is an aesthetical improvement upon the Sportwagen and also a dramatic drop in weight. With a TDI engine, this would be especially great for my commute to work. I know many of you are crying for a manual and AWD. Yes, it would be nice if that happened, but we've been getting FWD so I won't be holding my breath. I buy wagons for the utility (and looks, too!). The only thing I would really want is a rear window that was also a hatch, just like in my old e46 wagon. We've got a Passat wagon now and it's almost perfect, but I'm missing that rear window hatch!
      jasondonogh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought I was going to get one after asking for one. Damn, It has been over 30 minutes. Still no reply.
      RedHotFuzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Family needs forced me from a 2005 Mini Cooper S convertible (which I loved) to a 2010 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI. I thought it would be a miserable trade for me. To the contrary: I really, really love my Sportwagen. Fun to drive, solid build quality, excellent interior, great MPG and good cargo capacity. I really hope the new version comes to the U.S. - preferably with an available AWD option!
      mr.vw
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope Volkswagen makes this wagon to European spec and definitely needs to be better quality than the current jetta and passat. Build it to true european quality with a TDI (with a timing chain) AWD 6spd manual I'll line up for one as well for a sporty sub compact like polo gti with a 6 spd.
      Hank Mardukas
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is a handsome wagon. Let's hope it comes to the US with a 6-speed TDI version.
      soonermike
      • 1 Year Ago
      queue the cries for a 6 speed manual diesel in 3, 2, 1...
        Txdesign
        • 1 Year Ago
        @soonermike
        And the problem with that is...?
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @soonermike
        Diesel is incredibly well-suited to manual transmissions. The meaty torque curve means: 1. You get instant thrust when you step on the pedal, without the need to downshift 2. You are rewarded for upshifting at low RPMs; in a gas engine, you just get lugging and pitiful acceleration if you upshift early
        Can Of Minus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @soonermike
        Why? Is VW going to take away a manual option from all three TDI trim lines of the sportwagen they offer?
          David
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Can Of Minus
          I'm sure they'll do their usual "no manuals," except on the base/stripped model, just as on the Tiguan, and others.
      soonermike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait wait WAIT! Europeans are getting something before the U.S.?! No way!
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      This olwrench has admired the little diesels for years. The engines are reliable , the rest of the package is not.
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