With the introduction of the newest Volkswagen Golf Variant, we get an early look at what will most likely be the next-generation Jetta SportWagen here in the US. To further whet our appetities, VW is now teasing something a little sportier with the Concept R-Line. Looking the part of a GTI wagon (or a stretched Golf R), the Golf Variant Concept R-Line has a production-ready appearance that has us hoping we'll see this sporty wagon sooner rather than later.

The R-Line starts off with a new fascia that isn't quite as aggressive as the recently introduced GTI, but it gives the new styling some extra punch. Below the fascia is a lower splitter that visually carries back into the rocker panel extensions, and the rear of the car gets some bright exhaust tips and a rear diffuser. The Lapis Blue Metallic paint job probably does enough on its own to add a sporty flair to the Golf wagon, and it's all finished off with 18-inch split-spoke wheels. Inside, the Concept R-Line shows off sport seats wrapped in carbon leather featuring blue nappa inserts in the middle.

Rightfully so, VW brought the Concept R-Line to Geneva with its TDI and 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. A sporty, all-wheel-drive diesel wagon? Yes, please. Scroll down for the full press blast with all the details.
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The Golf Estate Concept R-Line – initial facts

Concept car based on the new Golf Estate:

- Golf Estate Concept R-Line celebrates its world premiere in Geneva

- Golf Estate Concept R-Line confirms the dynamic potential of the model range

- Sporty customised exterior design connects it to the world of the GTI

Wolfsburg/Geneva, 05 March 2013 - Just one day after the world premiere of the new Golf Estate, Volkswagen is presenting an especially sporty R-Line version of it: the Golf Estate Concept R-Line. The new Golf Estate has gained quite a bit of autonomy and charisma compared to the predecessor model-at the same time, the Golf Estate Concept R-Line highlights the dynamic potential of the new body version of the Golf. For the first time: There has never been a Golf Estate in R-Line design; so the concept shows for the first time how Volkswagen might envision this version.

On the exterior, the Golf Estate Concept R-Line steps onstage with, among other things, a customised front end, a likewise modified rear, powerful sill trims and new 18-inch R-Line wheels. The interior is characterised by leather sports seats and other elements in carbon fibre look. It is powered by an efficient 110 kW / 150 PS 2.0-litre TDI of the latest construction type. The power of the engine (up to 320 Newton metres) is superbly translated to the road by a 4MOTION all-wheel drive (with new Haldex-5 clutch).

Side profile. The high gloss black sill trims are one eye-catching visual feature of the concept. They extend not only to the side sills that reach right into the wheel housings as usual; rather, they go nearly all the way round. Striking: The "Salvador" type 18-inch R-Line wheels painted in "sterling silver" and the splitters (aerodynamic add-on parts in motor sports style) below the front spoiler, which are also very visible from the side.

Front end. The newly designed bumper in the R-Line design shows a dominant air intake in the middle that is bordered on the bottom by front spoilers painted in body colour ("Lapis Blue Metallic"). The air intake is framed to the left and the right by two diagonal bars also painted in body colour. Outside of them is another air intake on each side with a fog light inserted into them. Underneath are the striking splitters (aerodynamic add-on parts), a visual continuation of the black side sills.

Rear end. The modified design of the rear end is dominated by a sporty and distinctive black diffuser, into which the chrome tailpipes of the exhaust system have been integrated on the left side of the vehicle. The diffuser in turn is framed by the visually all-around continuation of the sill trim. The roof spoiler is likewise built in the R-Line design. The already wide track of the new Golf Estate (1,549 mm in the front, 1,520 mm in the back) and the 18-inch wheel with 225/40 tyres used for the concept car make for a sporty appearance of the rear end, which is in no way inferior to a new Golf GTI or GTD.

Interior. The exclusively designed interior of the Golf Estate Concept R-Line corresponds to the exterior both visually ("Color & Trim") and in terms of its equipment. Driver and passenger sit on ergonomically designed sport seats. The centre panels of all five seats consist of high-tone nappa leather in "Space Blue." Black carbon leather has been used for the inner surfaces of the side supports; this leather with its carbon structure look is also featured on the door inlays and outside surfaces of the driver and passenger seat backrest. The other outside surfaces of the seats, the steering wheel and the middle arm rest are kept in black nappa. The designers of the interior opted for "Crystal Grey" for the decorative stitching. In sync with that: the roof liner in "Pearl Grey." The entry plates and the black floor mats with blue leather piping were also designed in the R-Line style. Another highlight is the interior trim in noble black that follows the Golf Highline.

Boot volume. As sporty as it is, the Golf Estate Concept R-Line impresses with a great amount of space and a boot that is as flexible as it is large. Loaded up to the backrest of the back seat and up to its height, the cargo volume amounts to 605 litres; loaded up to the front seat backrests and under the roof, the new Golf Estate offers a cargo volume of no less than 1,620 litres. No doubt, with such values, the sporty concept car is capable of mastering the majority of all transportation challenges.


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      Hank Mardukas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volkswagen, listen. Are you listening? Seriously, listen: I will buy this. Bring it here as pictured with TDI, 4motion, and a manual transmission option, and I will buy it. Don't add cladding and try to call it an offroader. Don't worry about the wheels, I'll choose my own. Just bring us this configuration and I'll buy it when I'm ready to replace my current wagon. Audi has taken away all of the Avants, please at least let us have this. There are wagon lovers here in America, and we are running out of choices as our beloved longroofs are being replaced by crossovers and mini-SUVs.
      Chris L
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy crap I want this. TDI 4Motion RLine. VWUSA, make it happen and I'll trade in my GTI on day one.
      ChrisV
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please bring this to the US! I'm wanting TDI & 4motion.
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      My question is, since VW was thinking about bringing a small Alltrack branded wagon to the US, and taking an Alltrack Passat to the NYIAS last year to gauge consumer intrest, will there be an Alltrack version of the Golf Variant to import to the states? This is a great car and deserves a look. I think VW should bring all variants here to the States and market them here since the only people that currently buy the SportWagen are TDI and VW enthusiasts but with a little work and an expanded range of models with more engines to choose from, it could really catch on.
        Kumar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @foxtrot685
        Golf Variant = Jetta Sportwagen There does appear to be some confusion about the *next* US version of the next Sportwagen/Alltrack. When the Passat Alltrack was being shown around, I think VW was mentioning something about building it off the US jetta platform, which is a little larger than the Golf platform?
          Hank Mardukas
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kumar
          The Passat Alltrack is based on the European Passat which is a refresh of the global Passat, which was replaced here by the US-only Passat.* So there are two very different cars sharing the Passat name, though they are geographically separate. While it would be nice, I'm sure VW doesn't have any plans to bring the Passat Alltrack to the US since it's using the older, smaller platform. One of VW's reasons to create the US Passat was to make it larger. (*The CC, however, is still on the "old" Passat chassis.) Still, I think I'd rather have this as the next Jetta SportWagen over a Passat wagon. TDI, AWD (albeit Haldex) and a manual transmission in a car this size would be a lot of fun.
      Karfreek
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW, just put them in the boat and send them to the USA!!! Make sure there is a White Stickshift with Cornsilk interior.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lovely wagon.
      Proghog
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want that exact one they are showing there in my US driveway.
      Rampant
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stop/start technology in a manual? I've never heard of that before, all the stop/start cars I know of are automatics. Anyone know how that would even work? I guess it could be linked to the clutch while the vehicle is stopped for more than a few seconds, which could save clutch wear as well as gas...
        Hank Mardukas
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rampant
        The BMW F30 328i has stop/start, even in its manual-equipped cars. I was not aware of this when I took one for a test drive, and thought I had killed it at the first stoplight I encountered. It's a bit of an odd feeling to have the car shut off at a stop, then fire itself back up when you being to depress the clutch pedal. Apparently BMW is now enabling dealers to disable this feature, which is the first thing I'd do if I were to buy one.
      cdwrx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Take my money.
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Switch the motor for the Golf R motor tuned to 300 HP and it would be perfect.
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope that shade of blue is available on whatever version they do decide to bring to the States. Seriously, its VW's color pallet in the US that could use a redesign. Im not saying everything needs to be available in gouge your eyes out lime green, but some nice shades of other colors and maybe a metalic white would be nice.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please sell it JUST LIKE THIS in the U.S. No lifted suspension, no plastic body cladding to make it look "rugged"; just diesel, AWD, stick shift. You'll get a hundred thousand sales from Subaru converts alone.
        Mr Evolution
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        I am one of those Subaru Legacy Wagon Manual Trans people looking for a replacement, but there is none!!
        torqued
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        WRX owner here who would gladly pay a little more for better fuel economy, more luxury, and more interior space. Even if it doesn't match 0-60 times. Diesel, AWD, wagon. Sold.
        DK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        No, they won't! Why are posters on this site so unrealistic when it comes to wagens??
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