In addition to several other versions of the Golf, Volkswagen is debuting the new Golf Variant (read: wagon) here at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. And if this bigger version of the Golf looks like it might fit right at home in the States, it's because we could possibly see some version of this car as the next-generation Jetta SportWagen here on our shores.

Volkswagen is debuting the Golf Variant with two efficient diesel engines, rated at 110 and 150 horsepower, the smaller of which is good for an impressive 71.3 miles per gallon on the European cycle (when mated to a six-speed manual transmission). The Golf Variant also gets a version of Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, making it incredibly all-weather capable.

It's a handsome estate, and it wears the new Golf's design language well. We can't say for sure if this car will actually make its way Stateside, but given the fact that the current Jetta SportWagen still rides on the old Golf platform, the odds look to be in our favor.
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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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      lpattis
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope it comes, and w/the 4Motion. At least it's simply a station-wagon, rather than a glammed-up, cladded-up, jacked-up bullshit version of an SUV/CUV.
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Elegant and understated design....I really think this is the nicest looking Golf in a long time. Just hope the reliability is there too.
      ChrisV
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW... Please bring the 4motion back to your average cars!
      Fed Up
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a Golf. Come on VW at least call it what it is. While you're at it, I'll take mine with a manual transmission, TDI and AWD. Bonus points if it gets the GTI visual treatments.
        Hank Mardukas
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fed Up
        The Golf name applies to the whole range in Europe, where there is no Jetta. Does the name really matter?
      BKdroid
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sportswagen GTD 4Motion with 6spd manual. The perfect car with no measurable market in America. Of course, VW would probably want north of $40k for something like that, anyway.
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      This really should come to the US as TDI, 1.8T, and 2.0T (GT)...all available with 6 spd manual, DSG, and 4motion.
      Snark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unspeakably boring.
        th0mb0ne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Snark
        You're right, it needs to more ugly Hyundai swoops and useless cladding that will be out of fashion in 6 months.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      A car like this suits the needs of about 90% of Americans.
      Zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      4Motion. TDI. Stick shift. Holy cow, it's like the perfect car for Autoblog!
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zoom
        Which is exactly why this configuration together will probably never be sold in the United States.... At best, it might come with AWD, TDI, and stick as an overpriced Audi decked with extras. Otherwise the best we will be offered is any 2 out of 3. VW, please prove me wrong.
        8LiterHemiV8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zoom
        This should be the official auto blog car of forever.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        now i get it. giza plateau is the troll we used to know... with a scandinavian name...what was it...hmmmm...it's on the tip of my tongue...
      Chris L
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 'Jetta Sportwagen' (which I have) is a Golf. Plain and simple. For whatever reason it's called a Jetta in the states. It is no different in any other way from the Canadian GOLF or the European one... it's a dumb name change for a dumb car market. Just call the MK7 the Golf Sportwagen. Please.
        Hank Mardukas
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris L
        Except in Europe, the Golf Variant originally used the Golf front end, not the Jetta/Bora front end as sold here. For the Mk4 version, the front clips were easily interchangeable so when the wagon was brought to the US, they slapped the Jetta front end on it. Why? Because in America, people are used to seeing wagon versions made from the sedan version, not the hatchback. So it only makes sense that the MkV Jetta SportWagen continued to be called the Jetta here in the US.
        chickenflauta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris L
        Why would they call it the Golf wagon in the US? In Europe it´s common for small hatchbacks to have wagon variants. And the Golf is by far the better selling nameplate. So it´s the Golf Variant, has been for over 2 decades. But in the US, it´s common for sedans to have wagon variants. And the Jetta is by far the better selling nameplate. So it makes perfect sense that it would be a Jetta SportWagen for Americans.
        Hank Mardukas
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris L
        VW has built up years of name recognition in the Jetta in the US. Why would they abandon that now? It's a Jetta here, it's a Golf elsewhere. Why the **** does it matter?
        Dayv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris L
        With Top Gear's international popularity, they should brand it as the "Golf Estate".
      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Styling is bland, seat fabric doesn't look that durable and the mouse fur covering the cargo floor looks as thin as Jack Benny's wallet.
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