Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan concept unveiled, previews Golf Plus

 Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan concept unveiled, previews Golf Plus
Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan concept 08.09.2013

Full details at IAA next week

Volkswagen has released preliminary details and a photo gallery with the Golf Sportsvan concept.

Described as a compact minivan, the Golf Sportsvan is pretty much a preview of the upcoming Golf Plus which our spies have already caught testing. The concept is 134mm longer than the previous Golf Plus and 83mm longer than the five-door Golf hatchback. In addition, the wheelbase has been extended by 48mm compared to the regular Golf VII and it's also 126mm taller and 8mm wider which has made the cabin roomier.

Cargo capacity now stands at 498 liters which means it has 74 liters more to offer than its predecessor. The rear bench has a 60:40 split and can slide fore and aft by 180mm to provide an extra 87 liters of storage space. In addition, the front passenger seat can be folded forward flat to enable a load space of 2484mm.

Volkswagen says the concept has been developed to work with an array of six engine, with outputs ranging from 85 HP (63 kW) to 150 HP (110 kW). The most frugal version is the 1.6 TDI BlueMotion with 110 HP (81 kW) which enables the Golf Sportsvan to have a fuel consumption of 3.7 liters / 100 km (63.5 mpg UK or 76.3 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 95 g/km.

Various safety and assistance systems have been incorporated in this concept, such as Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, City Emergency Braking, lane-keeping assistant and emergency braking function, just to name a few.

More info will be released at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Source: Volkswagen

The new Golf Sportsvan

World premiere of near-production concept car at IAA 

Sporty design combined with great everyday practicality 

Wolfsburg, 08 September 2013 - Volkswagen is presenting a concept car of the newly developed Golf Sportsvan in a world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The compact minivan will complete the Golf family at the middle of next year.

The Golf Sportsvan impresses with such features as a perceptibly more spacious and flexible interior (rear bench seat has 180 mm fore-aft adjustment and over 1,500 litres of cargo capacity) and highly advanced assistance systems. Even the base version offers such standard features as XDS+, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, air conditioning, seven airbags, the new electronic parking brake, a 5-inch touchscreen, variable cargo floor and a cargo cover.

In addition, highly innovative assistance systems are making their way into the Golf Sportsvan, including the Blind Spot Monitor incorporating Rear Traffic Alert, which is being implemented in a Golf for the first time. While driving, the Blind Spot Monitor warns the driver of vehicles in the blind spot. When reversing out of a parking space, the system also recognises cross-traffic approaching from behind the car that can be difficult for the driver to see, and it warns the driver in case of a hazard. If a collision is imminent, the system automatically activates an emergency braking function. Other available technologies include DCC dynamic chassis control, the Front Assist with City Emergency Braking surroundings monitoring system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a lane-keeping assistant.

The six new engines of the Golf Sportsvan cover a power range from 63 kW / 85 PS to 110 kW / 150 PS; they have a stop-start system as standard and are up to 19 per cent more fuel efficient than the previous engine versions. All of the engines available at market launch conform to the Euro-6 emissions standard as well. The 1.6 TDI BlueMotion with 110 PS is representative of just how efficient the new engines of the Golf Sportsvan are: its estimated fuel consumption will be a low 3.7 l/100 km (equates to 95 g CO2/km) – the best value in the field of compact minivans.

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I assume this is to compete against the Merc B series? I'd like to see a side-by-side photo with the regular variant Golf and the B to give it some perspective. This has got to be better than the Chrysler derived Routan.
Sep 8, 2013 2:43 pm
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Note - the Golf Plus came before the Merc B-class.
Sep 8, 2013 5:04 pm
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Good to know - being over in North America we're late to the game for a number of smaller car segments.
Sep 9, 2013 12:45 pm
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as a mk5 and 6 golf owner, i think this looks terribly awful. It reminds me of a 1985 Nissan Prairie.The rear is pure Sharan. Nice interior but why would you want this over a Skoda Yeti, or for dear sake, a Peugept 3008. The Golf estate looks wonderful compare to this.
Sep 8, 2013 2:00 pm
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I like it! the interior looks even better than the regular Golf7 (see how the nav system is placed higher) Rear seats look great, and more cargo is definitely good. If the equipment, powertrain offer is the same, I see no reason to buy the SW version. (I'd take a TSI DSG and 4Motion)
Sep 8, 2013 8:16 am
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I still don't understand the point of this car. VW makes the normal golf which has 5 seats and the Touran which has 7. Why does VW make this car?
Sep 8, 2013 7:59 am
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Maybe because a) not everyone need 7 seats b) touran is nearing end of life, the next might be bigger (leaving a market niche for that one)
Sep 8, 2013 8:17 am
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The Golf Plus was originally intended to replace the Golf Variant but consumer demand, mainly from Germany and the United Kingdom, forced VW to produce a Golf Variant.
Sep 8, 2013 9:57 am
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This isn't even a concept, it's the finished production version, which will go on sale soon.
Sep 8, 2013 7:00 am
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From press release: "World premiere of near-production concept car at IAA "
Sep 8, 2013 1:38 pm
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