Volkswagen unveiled last Monday, its next-generation compact wagon at the ongoing Geneva Auto Show. The compact wagon is identical to the new seventh-generation Golf from its front bumper to the B-pillar. It is slated to replace the current model, known as the Golf Variant in Europe and as the Jetta SportWagen in the U.S. VW is set to roll out the new compact wagon in Europe in August and in the US in late 2014.
Marketing the new compact wagon in the US means that VW still see demand for conventional wagons in the country. Conventional wagons had been losing market share to more popular sports utility vehicles and crossovers.
While VW is introducing new wagons, its sister brand Audi has already replaced its A4 Avant wagon with the crossover-like all-road for the 2013 model year.
The compact wagon is one of three Golf variations that the German carmaker is unveiling at the Geneva auto show. VW is also unveiling gasoline-powered GTI and diesel-burning GTD versions of the Golf, touted as the high-performance variants.
According to Volkswagen, the new compact wagon will be produced at its Puebla assembly plant in Mexico, where the carmaker is building the current model.
The next-generation Golf Variant/Jetta SportWagen will be underpinned by Volkswagen's new MQB architecture, just like the seventh-generation Golf that is now being sold in Europe. While Volkswagen has yet to disclose a release date for the US, but a spokesman for the carmaker said that the new compact wagon will not be rolled out for "well over a year."
The spokesman remarked that the new wagon will not be rolled out until after the US launch of the seventh-generation Golf, which will be made available in late spring 2014. The spokesman also did not rule out the possibility of a launch in 2015.
Volkswagen's new Golf Estate is 4,562-mm long, 1,799-mm wide without door mirrors, and 1,481-mm high, including its standard roof rails. Its wheelbase is also 2,635-mm long.
These proportions represent the foundation of an impressive and extraordinary design. Up to the end of the front doors, the dynamic of the car's proportions follows the Golf hatchback model's precise lines. However, the Golf Estate's most visually dynamic and independent styling develops towards the rear from the B pillars.
The new Golf Estate was developed and built in tandem with the four-door vehicle and not derived from it. This is why the new VW Golf Estate's side profile shows very distinctive lines. However, despite all of the car's independent styling, it can still be instantly recognized as a Golf. The designers had transferred the typical Golf C-pillar's form to the Estate's D-pillar. Visually, this made the D-pillar's "third" side window part.
Moreover, in contrast to VW's classic Golf, the character line continues behind the Estate's rear wheel arches then extends over its entire rear section. This particular design lends a very muscular look to the rear body area.
Additionally, the window sill's precise design, which was upgraded with a chrome trim for the top version, reflects a dynamism that is highlighted by its long side window surfaces as well as by the slightly rearward-sloping roof plus roof spoiler. This resulted to the new Golf's side profile looking more extended, powerful, exclusive, and sporty. Also, the standard roof rails have been elegantly integrated into the roofline.