Next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), Volkswagen will bring the Golf Sportsvan Concept a.k.a. a successor to the Golf Plus. Based on the MQB platform, same used by the Golf 7, the new Golf Sportsvan Concept is 4,338 mm long (134 mm longer than the Golf Plus) and has a wheelbase with a length of 2,685 mm (48 mm longer than the Golf). Moreover, booth capacity was increased by 74 liters to 498 liters.
The so-called concept also comes with a stronger and safer body structure as well as with a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems. These include an automatic post-collision braking system which brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce the chance of a second impact, and a PreCrash system which pre-tensions seatbelts and closes the windows and sunroof in case of an accident.
Other electronic aids include the Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking. The Blind Spot Monitor is a first for the Golf Sportsvan.
The production version of the Golf Sportsvan Concept will offer all the engines found on the Golf 7, such as four turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engines with 85, 110, 125 and 150 PS and three turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150 PS, a 1.6-litre 90 PS and a 1.6-litre 110 PS for the Sportsvan BlueMotion. All engines can be ordered with a DSG gearbox, except the 1.4 TSI with 85 PS.
Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan concept vehicle was built as the third body version of the model series. It came after the quintessential Golf hatchback and the Golf Estate. Furthermore, it is built on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Because of this design layout, it became achievable to broaden the body over its 2,685 mm wheelbase, which is 107 mm longer than that of the Golf Plus. Contrasted with the hatchback Golf and the Golf Estate, the wheelbase have been readjusted by around 50 mm.
Longer than the Golf, shorter than the Estate
With a bumper to bumper length of 4,338 mm, the concept vehicle 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 only 8 mm wider than the Golf and Golf Estate; the past model was 48 mm smaller. The Sportsvan and Plus are almost indistinguishable in height without roof rails (1,578 and 1,580 mm, respectively).
However, the Golf is 126 mm lower, and the Golf Estate without roof rails is 117 mm lower. Significantly highlighting the dramatic presence of the Golf Sportsvan is its 20 mm shorter front overhang. On the other hand, the rear overhang was extended by 46 mm; among other advantages, this expanded the size of the luggage compartment.
These measurements demonstrate that the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan is carrying on the aim of the Golf Plus inside the model series. It provides optimal space and flexibility over a significantly more compact exterior length - longer than a Golf, shorter than a Golf Estate. Its greater height not only brings about more vertical cargo space, but also grants the higher seating position that is valued by numerous clients in this model series.