Volkswagen has just released some initial information on the upcoming Golf Estate, which the company confirmed at the sixth-generation Golf’s debut at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, will make its way to North America.
The Golf Estate is a compact car and yet as a wagon it offers plenty of cargo room – as much as 52.8 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded flat.
In Europe the Golf Estate will be available with six different engine choices, however, North American models will most likely only have two or possibly three options.
In the diesel category, the base engine is a 105hp 1.6-liter TDI that gets 52.3 mpg on average. A larger 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel will make 140hp and achieve 47 mpg.
In the gasoline department, 80hp and 102hp naturally aspirated gasoline engines will be available as will a 122hp TSI and 160hp TSI motor. These engines will get 37 and 36.8 mpg respectively.
Both of the top-level gasoline engines (as well as both diesels) can be purchased with the optional DSG transmission, which improves fuel economy further to 39.2 and 38.6 mpg.
It is expected that the 160hp TSI gasoline engine and 2.0 TDI engine will be offered in North America.
In Europe the Golf estate will be offered with VW’s Park Assist program and a rear-view camera.
The Golf Estate goes on sale tomorrow in Germany for a starting price of 18,500 Euro, with initial deliveries starting in September. There is no word yet on U.S. or Canadian pricing.
GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf Estate
May 2009 02Initial Facts / The New Golf Estate / VOLKSWAGEN / Wolfsburg, May 2009. Volkswagen will begin accepting advance orders for the new Golf Estate this Friday. In the sixth generation of the world bestseller, after the 2-door and 4-door Golfs and the latest Golf Plus, this is the fourth body version to be launched. The estate is one of the most successful models on the market, particularly in the company car market. The extensive redesign of this Estate should ensure that the all- around talent further extends its position as a business estate car and as a first car for families as well. The base price of the new Golf Estate in Germany, including ESP, six airbags, daytime running lights, roof railing, power windows all around, upshift indicator, power and heated outside mirrors, 1⁄ 3 to 2⁄3 split folding rear bench seat and seatback, central locking with RF remote control, climate control and 1,495 litres of cargo capacity is ¤ 18,500. The front end of the Golf Estate was completely redesigned. Its visual appearance follows today’s Volkswagen “Design DNA”. From now its appearance is defined by clear horizontal lines and bold headlight styling. The car’s engine lineup was adopted directly from the Golf 2-door and 4-door models. In the interior, the high-end instruments of the current Golf set the tone. In Europe, first units of the new Golf will be delivered in September. Features and engines At its market launch – in parallel to advance sales that are now starting – the successful Estate (more than 95,000 new vehicle registrations New Golf Estate launches at prices starting at ¤ 18,500, including climate control and daytime running lights * Technology and features on par with sixth Golf generation Front end of Golf Estate now follows new Volkswagen “Design DNA” The New Golf Estate: Advance sales of the new compact class estate car begin on Friday
Initial Facts * Prices and features apply to models offered in Germany 03Initial Facts / The New Golf Estate / VOLKSWAGEN / in 2008) will be offered in the three equipment versions Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The latter replaces the previous Sportline version as the top equipment line. Engines available for selection when advance sales begin are a TSI (boosted gasoline direct-injection engine) with 90 kW/122 PS and two very quiet common rail turbo- diesels (77 kW/105 PS and 103 kW/140 PS). Other engines will follow in stages: two Multipoint engines (59 kW/80 PS and 75 kW/102 PS) and another TSI gasoline engine (118 kW/160 PS). All six engines fulfil the new Euro-5 emissions standard. Exterior details of the new Golf Estate In front, the new Golf Estate can be recognized by its new bumper, radiator grille and engine hood styling and its modified fenders and headlights, which were all adapted 1:1 from the estate’s 2-door and 4-door counterparts. In contrast to the previous model, the front-end design is no longer defined by a chrome radiator grille, rather by a black, horizontally layout of the grille and front bumper painted in car colour. In the lower area, the Estate has an additional large air inlet too. Starting with the mid-level equipment version (Comfortline), chrome inserts are integrated in the radiator grille and the lower air inlet. In the top Highline version, this also applies to the frames for the front fog lights with new static turning light function that are a standard feature here. At the rear, the independent design of the previous model has been upgraded in the new generation by modified, more elegant taillights and bumpers fully painted in car colour in the lower area. From now on, TDI and TSI versions can also be recognized by their tailpipes, which are no longer covered by the bumper. In addition, Volkswagen developed a new wheel lineup for the new Golf Estate. Interior details of the new Golf Estate At the time of its presentation last fall, the sixth generation Golf received excellent marks, especially for its high-end quality. In the interior, it was especially in the styling of the gauges that the Golf crossed boundaries to the next higher class and still does. The same gauges and instruments, including a standard multifunctional display and upshift indicator, are now being used in the new Golf Estate too. Also adopted from the Golf was the new generation of three-spoke steering wheels, which celebrated their debut in the Passat CC in 2008. In this context, controls for the new Golf climate control system were integrated in the Golf Estate as well. Volkswagen also adapted its line of different seat covers (Trendline: “Roxy”; Comfortline: “Scout”; Highline: Alcantara/fabric “Merlin”) to the entire model series. The same applies to features ranging from the radio and navigation systems up to the inter faces for MP3 players and Bluetooth mobile telephones. Two driver assistance systems are also available as options for the first time in the Golf Estate: “ParkAssist” (automatic parking assistant) and “Rear Assist” (rearview camera). Another feature being offered is the panorama sunroof that is popular among many Golf Estate buyers. Euro-5 engines of the new Golf Estate in detail Volkswagen is launching the new Golf Estate on the market with four gaso line and two diesel engine options; they all meet the limits of the new Euro-5 standard. The entry level continues to be marked by an 80-PS gasoline engine, followed by a 102-PS version. The two most power ful gasoline engines (TSI with 122 PS and 160 PS) and the two turbo-diesels (TDI with 105 PS and 140 PS) may be ordered with an optional auto matic DSG dual clutch transmission. Entirely new to the Golf Estate’s engine lineup is the 105 PS common rail TDI. Like the larger 2.0-liter TDI, the 1.6-liter four cylinder is also characterized by noticeably comfortable noise levels, low emissions 05Initial Facts / The New Golf Estate / VOLKSWAGEN / (119 g/km CO2) and an extremely low average fuel consumption (4.5 litres per hundred kilometres). Compared to the previous model of the same power, fuel consumption was reduced by 0.7 litre. The 2.0 TDI was adopted from the previous generation of the Golf Estate; it also has a highly advanced common rail direct injection system. The 140 PS strong and 210 km/h fast Golf Estate 2.0 TDI consumes 5.0 litre (132 g/km CO2), which is impressively low considering its power. The TDI engines may be ordered together with any of the three equipment versions. As already noted, the gasoline engines of the Golf Estate have power levels of 80 PS (MPI), 102 PS (MPI), 122 PS (TSI) and 160 PS (TSI). The base engine with 80 PS is available with the Trendline equipment line; the 102-PS version may be ordered as a Golf Estate Trendline or Golf Estate Comfortline. The TSI engines can each be ordered together with the Comfortline or Highline equipment versions. Just how efficiently the current gasoline engines from Volkswagen perform is well-illustrated by the TSI. Its 6.3 litre (122 PS) and 6.4 litre (160 PS) fuel consumption values place their average fuel con sumption on par with the already economical base engine with 80 PS. When shifted by a DSG transmission, fuel consumption is even reduced to 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres (139 g/km CO2) on the 122-PS TSI and 6.1 litres (143 g/km CO2) on the 160-PS version. With this engine lineup, the new Golf Estate is one of the most economical and cleanest estate cars in Europe.