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New York 2014 Preview: Volkswagen to reveal new Golf SportWagen


U.S. sales start first quarter of 2015; to replace Jetta SportWagen

Volkswagen will debut the all new Golf SportWagen at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, sporting new engines and larger dimensions compared to the outgoing model.

The Wolfsburg-based car maker said in a press release that the vehicle is a concept version of the production model, expected to go on sale in the United States (U.S.) starting early 2015.

The Golf is 28 mm longer and 18 mm wider than the Jetta, which gives the Golf more rear-seat leg and shoulder room.


The added size also increases cargo capacity by 10 percent (with the rear seats folded down), with the company saying the Golf “provides a sportier alternative to compact SUVs.”

The Golf will be available with a 172 PS, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder TSI engine, which Volkswagen says offers 17 percent better highway fuel economy than the 2.5-liter Jetta, mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

It can also be bought with a new 2.0-liter, common-rail, TDI Clean Diesel engine that makes 152 PS, 10 PS more than the current Jetta TDI, and can be mated to a six-speed manual or the company’s DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The new Golf SportWagen uses the same Volkswagen MQB structure that underpins the hatchback Golf, the Audi A3 and the Skoda Octavia. As a result, the front wheels are 43 mm further forward than the Jetta’s, which Volkswagen brand designer Klaus Bischoff calls a “cab-backward design.”

“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.” Bischoff said.

The new SportWagen is more angular than the old model, with a lower hood, hexagonal headlights and a chiseled lower front bumper. Down the side, the Golf has larger wheel arches and a more pronounced strake – which gives the car a chunkier look – that ends at the cleaner and more pert rear end, much like the larger Passat Estate.

The Golf will have as standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which 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.

Available features include: a panoramic sunroof, a 12-way power driver’s seat, automatic climate control, bi-xenon headlights with light-emitting-diode daytime running lights, Park Distance Control and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

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