VW Golf SportWagen Previewed as Diesel AWD Concept

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande
vw golf sportwagen previewed as diesel awd concept

Something spacious, thrifty and German is heading to the 2014 New York Auto Show this year.

You might already be familiar with the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen: one of the few true station wagons left on dealer lots in North America. For 2015, the car will be re-branded as a part of the Golf product line. Volkswagen’s most recent automotive revelation sends a strong message that the comapny is commited to supporting the dwindling segment come hell or high water. The concept version seems totally production ready and offers a host of practical features that would make it unique in North America.

Packaged atop VW’s prolific MQB architecture, it uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged clean diesel engine powering all four wheels. That engine is Volkswagen’s new EA288 diesel, a new mill that addresses NVH and warming weaknesses that exist in the current powerplants while boasting boosted fuel efficiency (turbo pun intended).

Volkswagen hasn’t said anything about expected fuel economy with the concept car, but the company promised earlier this year that its new engine family will reduce fuel consumption compared to the outgoing powerplant. It makes 150 hp, which is a 10-hp increase over the old engine. The diesel version is also mated to both a six-speed manual or a DSG automatic with the same nubmer of gears.

One of the other reasons the “concept” car looks so production ready is that it is… In fact, this is a preview of the 2015 Golf SportWagen that will initally arrive with the company’s new 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. That powerplant makes 170 hp and is stuck with a five-speed manual. A six-speed automatic is also available, effectively paying Volkswagen’s property taxed in Bedrock and the stone age for years to come. Regardless, the company says its new model is up to 17 percent more fuel efficient.

But the rest of the car is littered with new technnology. Like Midas and his gold touch, every model associated with the new platform is bigger yet lighter than the vehiciles they replace. The same can be said of the upcoming Golf SportWagen. It’s front wheels now sit 1.7 inches farther forward. It’s also 1.1 inches longer and 0.7 inches wider. VW says that interior volume is on par with a compact crossover. Makes sense considering a few more inches of ride height would make this car exactly that.

Features new to the vehicle include a panoramic sunroof, a 12-way power driver’s seat, xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights.

In production form – in other words with the 1.8-liter gasoline engine – you can expect to start seeing the new Golf SportWagen show up in U.S. showrooms in early 2015. Don’t be shocked if the diesel verison starts showing up shorlty thereafter.

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  • Aart Aart on Apr 12, 2014

    AWD diesel will sell like hot-cakes in Canada. Here in Calgary we had 6 months of snow on the ground. I've the a '09 Jetta sportswagen manual of course, so this car in AWD with manual would be an ideal replacement for my current car. I can only think of 1 better option: The North American Passat Wagon AWD diesel. But VW is not smart enough to build such a car. Passat Wagon's in Germany make up almost 80% of total sales, so why not try it here. Even if it would sell at 30%, it would still be cost effective. And if they want to become the biggest brand world-wide as they are screaming to do already for some years, they really need to widen their line-up here in North America, and start taking this market serious. With a lack of student cars like Ups and Polos, lack of family cars such as Tourans and Sharans, lack of the Amarok pickup and lack of the luxery Pheaton how are they ever going to be the biggest brand. Since so much is lacking here, I want to see that Sportswagen Diesel AWD in a North American showroom. Until then it's just as big a rumor as the Amarok making it to Canada ever was. And they kept that rumor going for way too long too.

  • Den Jolliffe Den Jolliffe on Apr 17, 2014

    Golf wagon diesel all wheel drive has been available in Europe since the mid 80's...It would be my first new car if it came in priced right for the Canadian market...not like we haven't asked for it for decades, but all VW has offered was the overpriced Passat with Audi components.