Volkswagen says the New Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Concept is just that: a concept. Experts say that, being longer than a Golf yet, shorter than a Jetta Wagon, the New Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Concept is ready for European consumption. It only has room for five, but – compared to the regular Golf, it is much more spacious.
Size-wise, it would compete with the Ford C-Max.
The Golf Sportsvan concept car was created as the third body version of the model series, after the classic Golf hatchback and the Golf Estate, and it is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Thanks to this design layout, it was possible to extend the body over its 2,685 mm wheelbase, which is 107 mm longer than that of the Golf Plus. Compared to the hatchback Golf and the Golf Estate, the wheelbase has grown by around 50 mm.
Longer than the Golf, shorter than the Estate. With a bumper to bumper length of 4,338 mm, the concept car is 134 mm longer than the Golf Plus, 83 mm longer than the Golf hatchback and 224 mm shorter than the Estate. At 1,807 mm the Sportsvan is just 8 mm wider than the Golf and Golf Estate; the previous model was 48 mm narrower. The Sportsvan and Plus are nearly identical in height without roof rails (1,578 and 1,580 mm, respectively); the Golf, however, is 126 mm lower, and the Golf Estate without roof rails is 117 mm lower. Also highlighting the dynamic presence of the Golf Sportsvan is its 20 mm shorter front overhang. Meanwhile, the rear overhang was lengthened by 46 mm; among other benefits, this increased the size of the luggage compartment.” – – Volkswagen Media
The United States is not a market for the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan – big surprise – but countries that make up the highest sales for the current Golf Sportsvan are Germany, France and Italy, followed by Austria, Russia, Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.
Volkswagen is keen to display the newest technology in the Volkswagen New Golf Sportsvan such as the Blind Spot Monitoring system. Like other, similar blind spot technology, this one warns of vehicles in blind spots, approaching traffic from the rear (great for parking obstacles) and it will apply the brakes if a rear-end collision is imminent.
There are numerous, higher end updates including an improved traction control system.
“Engine range: Up to 19 per cent more fuel efficient. At its launch next year, the Golf Sportsvan will be offered with a range of six new engines; they are all equipped with a stop-start system as standard and are up to 19 per cent more fuel-efficient than the previous versions. All of the engines available at market launch conform to the Euro-6 emissions standard. The four turbocharged petrol direct-injection engines (TSI) produce 63 kW / 85 PS, 81 kW / 110 PS, 92 kW / 125 PS and 110 kW / 150 PS of power. The range of the turbodiesel direct-injection engines (TDI) covers two power levels: 81 kW / 110 PS and 110 kW / 150 PS. Except for the 63 kW TSI, all of the engines may be combined with an optional automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The 1.6 TDI BlueMotion with 110 PS is representative of just how efficient the new engines of the Golf Sportsvan are: its estimated fuel consumption will be a low 3.7 l/100 km (equates to 95 g CO2/km) – the best value in the field of compact minivans.” – – Volkswagen Media
So, yes – it’s a bummer that another cool looking Volkswagen is denied for North America. It would have been a small volume vehicle at best on our market. Still, with a super efficient diesel, it would have made an excellent competitor to the Ford C-Max. We never get the good stuff.
The Volkswagen New Golf Sportsvan Concept will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
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