2013 Geneva Motor Show: Vw introduces the Golf Estate/Variant Concept R-Line

Article by Christian A., on March 5, 2013

After we saw the Golf 7 Variant and the Golf 7 Variant TDI BlueMotion, Volkswagen decided to show us at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show the Golf Estate/Variant Concept R-Line. As expected, the new Golf Estate Concept R-Line highlights the dynamic potential of the new body version of the Golf.

For those who don’t know, this is the first time an R-Line package is introduced on the Golf Estate/Variant. The concept features a customized front end which include a new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear bumper with integrated black diffuser and chromed tailpipes, but also a roof spoiler. The exterior design is completed by the 18-inch R-Line wheels.

The already wide track of the new Golf Estate (1,549 mm in the front, 1,520 mm in the back) and the 18-inch wheel with 225/40 tyres used for the concept car make for a sporty appearance of the rear end, which is in no way inferior to a new Golf GTI or GTD.

Inside, the Golf Estate Concept R-Line comes with high-tone nappa leather in “Space Blue” black carbon leather on the inner surfaces of th side supports, a sporty steering wheel,

The designers of the interior opted for “Crystal Grey” for the decorative stitching. The Golf Estate Concept R-Line offers the same cargo volume, 605 litres with the back seats up and a total of 1,620 litres with the rear seats folded.

The concept is powered by an efficient 110 kW / 150 PS 2.0-litre TDI of the latest construction type. The power of the engine (up to 320 Newton metres) is superbly translated to the road by a 4MOTION all-wheel drive (with new Haldex-5 clutch).

Longer. More muscular. Powerful. The new Volkswagen Golf Estate, all 4,562 mm long, 1,799 mm wide without doors, and 1,481 mm tall of it, looks more extended than its predecessor but maintains the classic look and over-all quality.

It remains true to the old Golf hatchback in terms of the lines, such as the front door termination, that grace the current look, but it contains enough nuances to still seem independent from the previous models. The identifiable line that is found in the classic Gold is maintained from the rear wheel arches all the way to the new Estate’s entire rear, thus giving the Estate its rough, powerful look.

Wheelbase of the new Volkswagen Golf Estae is longer by 57 mm. The differences, though, are not merely length-wise. Distinctive lines are imminent when the Golf Estate is viewed from the side. The C pillar that defined the typical Golf model was moved to the D pillar for the new Estate, making the “third” side window appear like it belongs to the D pillar. The roofline has been elegantly fitted with standard roof rails. Upgraded at the top with a chrome trim, the window sill is characterized by the long side window surfaces plus a roof and spoiler that slightly slopes to the rear.

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