The all-new Volkswagen Golf SportWagen that goes on sale in early next year is based on the new MQB platform and will continue the trend introduced by 7th gen Golf whereby it’s lighter, more powerful, more fuel efficient, roomier and bigger unlike the outgoing model. With the extensive use of high and ultra high strength steels, the SportWagen bodyshell is lighter unlike the Jetta SportWagen and provides an improved crash structure. Throughout the vehicle, incredible attention to detail has optimized components including the seats, the electrical architecture and even the air conditioning unit – to help save weight.
The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is 0.9 inches lower, 0.7 inches wider and 1.1 inches longer as compared to current SportWagen, which benefits the car’s proportions, fuel efficiency and aerodynamic performance: the CdA number has been reduced by nearly 10% unlike its predecessor. Alternatively, the interior package has been optimized to give more rearseat shoulder and legroom. Although, its overall height was lowered by nearly an inch, rear and front headroom has been enhanced by 0.4 inches.
The SportWagen has long been a top choice for customers who want a vehicle, which offers large cargo area that’s truly versatile and that’s fun to drive. It’s even more appealing, providing nearly 10% more cargo room with rear seats folded flat unlike the outgoing model. Essentially, the SportWagen offers a sportier alternative to compact sports utility vehicles.
The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen will be available with two engine choices. First is a direct injection, 1.8 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder TSI that’s rated at 170HP, teamed up with a 6-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. Manufacturer estimated highway fuel economy is enhanced as much as 17% unlike the 2.5 liter Jetta SportWagen.
The TDI Clean Diesel model will be motivated by the EA288 common rail, direct injection 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel powerplant, which makes 150HP (an enhancement of 10 horsepower over the current model) with 236 pound feet of torque. The TDI model have a choice of DSG dual clutch automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions.
The design team, led by Klaus Bischoff (VW Brand Design) and Walter de Silva (Group Design), created a sophisticated and timeless new SportWagen, using the principles of VW’s Design DNA. Thanks to the MQB architecture, which dictates a fixed relationship between the pedals and the front wheel centerline, the vehicle’s proportions have changed.
Unlike its predecessor, the SportWagen’s front end looks completely different, thanks to the way that the hood slopes down into front fenders, rather than the fender peaks being higher than the bonnet. This new SportWagen features more angular horizontal design cues, with a slender radiator grille. At the back, the clean surface around the wide rear window, the geometric taillamps and the VW badge are typical SportWagen features, even though the lines are completely different.
Along the lines of the new Golf 7, the SportWagen will bring numerous features to market including 12-way power driver’s seat, panoramic power tilt and slide sunroof, Bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System and LED DRLs, Climatronic automatic climate control, available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Park Distance Control.
Additionally, the new SportWagen features a new standard driver assistance system known as APCBS (Automatic Post-Collision Braking System), which builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact-the most significant of which can cause additional collisions.