Volkswagen of America will unveil a concept version of the latest SportWagen at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The concept -- featuring a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and is powered by new EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine – provides a glimpse of the all-new Golf SportWagen that will arrive early 2015.
The Golf SportWagen is underpinned by the new MQB (modular transverse matrix) architecture and is more spacious and more fuel efficient as well as more powerful than the current model. It is lighter than SportWagen bodyshell is lighter than the current Jetta SportWagen thanks to the extensive use of high and ultra-high strength steels.
VW paid extra attention to detail to optimize components like seats, air conditioning unit, and electrical architecture to make the vehicle even lighter. Despite weighing less, the new Golf SportWagen is 1.1 inches longer and 0.7 inches wider than the current model. It is also 0.9 inches lower, improving aerodynamic performance while enhancing its proportions.
In fact, the Golf SportWagen’s CdA number has been cut by nearly 10 percent compared with the previous model. VW also optimized the vehicle’s interior package to provide more rear-seat leg- and shoulder room. Despite its lower overall height (by nearly an inch), front and rear headroom has been widened by 0.4 inches.
The SportWagen also offers nearly 10 percent more cargo room when the rear seats are folded, providing a sportier alternative to compact SUVs. Two powertrains will be made available. The Golf SportWagen will be powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI engine providing 170 hp.
It is paired to five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. They offer a manufacturer highway fuel economy that is up to 17 percent better the 2.5-liter Jetta SportWagen.
On the other hand, the TDI Clean Diesel model will be powered by the new EA288 2.0-liter common-rail, turbocharged and direct-injection diesel engine that provides 150 hp and mated to either a six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic gearboxes.