Feast your eyes on the new longroof model of the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf – something we've already seen with Variant badging overseas. This concept (yes, it really is a concept) previews the next Golf SportWagen that will go on sale in the US in early 2015, and makes its official debut next week at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

Why the concept designation? The car you see here uses a TDI clean-diesel engine and Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive. Oh sure, when the car comes to market next year, it'll be offered with both 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI engines – the former mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, the latter using a six-speed DSG dual clutch or six-speed manual – but as for all-wheel drive, well... that might not make the cut. A Volkswagen spokesperson told Autoblog that 4Motion is "under consideration" for the production model that'll go on sale next year, but as of this writing, the company is only planning to offer a front-drive SportWagen in our market.

We've always had a soft spot for the Jetta SportWagen (which is now, appropriately, finally using the Golf name in our market), and this new model looks like it will keep our interest piqued. We'll have more details on the concept when it's unveiled next week. In the meantime, scroll down for VW's official release.
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ALL-NEW VOLKSWAGEN GOLF SPORTWAGEN MAKES ITS NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

All-wheel-drive TDI® Clean Diesel concept version of VW's popular SportWagen model previews a bigger, more spacious, and more fuel-efficient replacement for the Jetta SportWagen

- Thrifty TDI® Clean Diesel, and 1.8-liter turbocharged Golf SportWagen models will be offered
- Uses the new MQB modular architecture, like the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI
- Golf SportWagen will go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015
- New SportWagen model is estimated to have fuel economy improvements of up to 17 percent
- New Golf SportWagen offers increased cargo volume, matching compact SUVs for size and versatility

Herndon, VA – Volkswagen of America, Inc. will debut a concept version of the latest SportWagen model that features a 4MOTION® all-wheel drive system and the new EA288 TD®I Clean Diesel engine at the New York Auto Show. The concept previews the all-new Golf SportWagen that goes on sale in early 2015. Based on the new MQB (modular transverse matrix) architecture, the Golf SportWagen will continue the trend introduced by the seventh generation Golf whereby it is lighter, bigger, roomier, more fuel efficient and more powerful than the outgoing SportWagen model.

Thanks to the extensive use of high- and ultra-high strength steels, the new SportWagen bodyshell is lighter than the current Jetta SportWagen and offers an enhanced crash structure. Throughout the car, incredible attention to detail has optimized components-such as the seats, air conditioning unit, and even the electrical architecture -to help save weight.

The Golf SportWagen is 1.1 inches longer and 0.7 inches wider than the current SportWagen model. It is also 0.9 inches lower, which benefits both aerodynamic performance and the car's proportions: the CdA number has been reduced by almost 10 percent compared with the previous generation. The interior package has been optimized to give more rear-seat leg- and shoulder room. Although the new SportWagen's overall height was lowered by nearly an inch, front and rear headroom has been improved by 0.4 inches.

The SportWagen has long been a top choice for customers who want a car that's fun to drive and offers a large cargo area that is truly versatile. This new SportWagen is even more appealing, offering nearly 10 percent more cargo room with the rear seats folded than the outgoing model. Essentially, the Golf SportWagen provides a sportier alternative to compact SUVs.

The new SportWagen will be offered with two powertrains. The Golf SportWagen will be powered by a 170 horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI® engine, mated to five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. These powertrains offer manufacturer highway fuel economy that's improved by as much as 17 percent compared to the 2.5-liter Jetta SportWagen.

The TDI Clean Diesel model will be powered by the new EA288 2.0-liter common-rail, turbocharged and direct-injection diesel engine that makes150 horsepower, an improvement of 10 hp over the current SportWagen model. The TDI model will have a choice of six-speed manual or DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

Design

The design team, led by Walter de Silva (Group Design) and Klaus Bischoff (VW Brand Design), created a timeless and sophisticated new SportWagen, using the principles of Volkswagen's Design DNA. Thanks to the MQB architecture, which dictates a fixed relationship between the front wheel centerline and the pedals, the car's proportions have changed. The front wheels, for example, are now 1.7 inches further forward than on the current SportWagen design. This has created what Bischoff calls "'a cab backward impression'. That's what we call the proportions of premium-class vehicles, where the hood is long and the passenger compartment is a long way towards the back."

Compared with the previous generation SportWagen, the new car's front end looks completely different, thanks to the way that the hood slopes down into the front fenders instead of the fender peaks being higher than the hood. This new SportWagen features more angular horizontal design cues, with a slender radiator grille.

At the back, the clean surface around the VW badge, the wide rear window, and the geometric taillights are typical SportWagen features, even though the lines are completely different. The tailgate, for instance, allows for a lower load height than before, while the overall effect emphasizes the additional width of the new car.

Features

Along the lines of the new Golf 7, the SportWagen will bring a number of available new features to market including a panoramic sunroof, 12-way power driver's seat, Climatronic® automatic climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and the Advanced Front-lighting System, Park Distance Control, and available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

In addition, the new SportWagen features a new standard driver assistance system called the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This system 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. The system is triggered when the airbag sensors detect a primary collision and it is limited to a maximum retardation rate of 0.6g by the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) unit. The driver can effectively override the system at any time; for example, it is disabled if it recognizes that the driver is accelerating. The system is also deactivated if the driver initiates braking at a higher rate than 0.6g.


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      L1011
      • 8 Months Ago
      Oh come on VW, why are you "considering" 4motion for the US? That's ridiculous! Can't you see the demand for AWD + Diesel Torque + Wagon Practicality + Great MPG's? I have been practically begging for such a vehicle!
      PiCASSO
      • 8 Months Ago
      Please make a GTD version with 6M tranny... and offer AWD and 6DSG as an option.
      maastrichtian
      • 8 Months Ago
      Diesel + AWD + 6spd manual and I will order one as soon as it is available. Current car is Jetta Sportwagen TDI 6 spd manual. Would be a wonderful (and cheaper) alternative to the new Outback and 328d - - both of which have AWD (and no stick on BMW or nicer Outbacks) C'mon VW!!! Let's make a deal!!!
      JaredN
      • 8 Months Ago
      TDi SportWagen? Yes, please! Though, to be honest, I'm going to be keeping my SUV for the offroad and weekend stuff. So I won't need the extra space of the wagon. As a result, I'm more likely to be buying a Golf TDi, GTi, or GTD in the next year or so.
      knightrider_6
      • 8 Months Ago
      A lot of people are eagerly waiting for this. All 15 of them will be pleased that CrapWagon is bringing this car.
        Brandon
        • 8 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        You've used CrapWagon forever, if you're going to say something stupid at least switch it up a little bit. Its getting old...
          FIDTRO
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Brandon
          knightrider_6 always says something stupid.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Brandon
          He's just repeating the same tired stories we've all heard about a Jetta owner who never brought his car in for service and got butthurt when the engine seized.
        Terry Actill
        • 8 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        You make some good comments usually Mr Knightrider6, but you're off by a country mile today.
      wilmisale
      • 8 Months Ago
      As we've found out with Kia and Hyundai, a lot of features are wonderful WHEN THEY WORK and the car holds up. Sorry, but I prefer my Europeans from Europe, not paragons of quality like Mexico or Vietnam as VW seems to prefer. It seems to make the difference between +5 years of ownership, and reliability problems in week 1. My niece's 2013 Beetle is the prettiest driveway paperweight on the block. She worked hard to buy it, and wasn't listening to anyone else because it was so cute. Thank goodness for Lemon Laws. Volkswagen's name comes up fairly often with my state's attorney general.
      EVnerdGene
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm wondering why this gross polluter has a link to AutoBlogGreen ?
        Greg
        • 8 Months Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        You are a idiot. The new modern diesel today is more cleaner now than it was before.
        EVnerdGene
        • 8 Months Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        and little pr!cks feel big when their DIEsels rummmmmmmmmmm Saw a VW TDI yesterday with the entire rear covered with soot. What happens when the PDF is clogged ?
          EVnerdGene
          • 8 Months Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          @DarylMc Good link. Regen of DPF is a "Rube Goldberg solution" at best. Poop your soot at speed so you hope we don't notice.
          DarylMc
          • 8 Months Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          EVnerdGene PDF? Was that just a typo or a clever pun:) This should help answer your DPF questions. http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/fuels-and-environment/diesel-particulate-filters.html Doesn't seem like a good idea for city use.
        Greg
        • 8 Months Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        You lack of knowledge with the new diesel technology, sad for you. I am sure you are one of the idiot prius owners.
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      Cool, It too can sit on the VW lot with a STOP SALE order while they figure out how to fix the 1.8T
        Matt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        This doesn't have an available torque converter transmission, the source of the stop sale on the Jetta.
      danfred311
      • 8 Months Ago
      stop posting this filthy garbage on ABG
      AzureStarline
      • 8 Months Ago
      My wife and I really like our 2012 TDI SportWagen. We haven't had any issues *knock on wood* and we're over 50k miles on it already. The mileage is great, the ride is smooth and quiet enough, and behind the back seat is big enough for all 4 of our dogs (they're not giant dogs, but still there are 4 of them). As for looks, I personally think the '12 Wagen looks good, about as good as a full size practical wagon can. The '12 front end is sharper than the dated-looking one before it. Oh, and that glass roof...love it.
        wilmisale
        • 8 Months Ago
        @AzureStarline
        Had a glass roof ONCE. Trust me, at least a regular-sized sunroof makes a smaller target where gravity is concerned. Tree branches and debris from a windstorm fall on my Outback - a few minor dents and scratches and a replaceable moonroof panel. Same weather conditions on a Grand Cherokee - roof shattered lengthwise, and practically totaled. Mine was not the only horror story at the body shop. Not a horror story for the owner of the collision shop.
      • 8 Months Ago
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      Rob
      • 8 Months Ago
      All wheel drive is overkill for this vehicle. Invest in good snow tires and your handling and road worthiness will be the same. Ridiculous that the 1.8t can't have a 6 speed manual or have a few more hp and torque unless the GTI engine will be available as well.
        ChadS
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Rob
        I'm glad your commute doesnt require awd. some of us need awd AND snow tires because we drive 70+ miles a day over mountains and would like good fuel economy while doing so.
        Andrew Pappas
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Rob
        I half agree with you. Awd is good, winter tires are great. Awd with winter tires...makes an amazingly capable vehicle. I live in central MA, and it makes a difference many times a winter. And occasionally in the summer in mud season
        Rob
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Rob
        and before I forget: Please don't Walmart the suspension and interior down like the Jetta. a 6 speed TDI wagon would be something I will strongly consider when I purchase my next vehicle
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