Volkswagen has unveiled the first images and details of the Golf Sportsvan Concept, the successor to the Golf Plus, which will make its debut tomorrow at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Based on the new Golf hatchback it has a larger and more practical body style.
The Golf Sportsvan is 4,338 mm long, making it 134 mm longer than the outgoing Golf Plus, and 83 mm longer than the new seventh generation Golf. When compared to the new Golf Estate it is 224 mm shorter.
Its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 48 mm longer than that of the Golf, helping to generate more interior space. It is also 80 mm wider, at 1,870 mm, and 126 mm higher, at 1,578 mm.
The Golf Sportsvan boot capacity is increased by 74 litres to 498 litres (versus the Golf’s 380 litres) compared to the Golf Plus and when the rear seats are folded down is up to 1,512 litres.
Tech and safety highlights include Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, Driver Alert System, a camera-operated Lane Assist system, Dynamic Light Assist system and Blind Spot Monitor, with an assistant for exiting parking spaces.
The production model will be offered with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, including four turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engines with 85, 110, 125 and 150 hp and three turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150 hp, a 1.6-litre 90 hp and a 1.6-litre 110 hp for the Sportsvan BlueMotion.
The Golf Sportsvan is expected to go on sale in the UK in mid-2014 and the production name will be announced closer to market launch.
Golf Sportsvan Concept will debut at Frankfurt Motor Show
Successor to the Golf Plus now uses MQB platform and new technologies
New name is unlikely to be used in the UK when sales start in mid-2014
Versatile rear seating system allows leg- or luggage-space to be optimised
Volkswagen has today revealed the first images of the Golf Sportsvan Concept, the successor to the Golf Plus, which will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) on Tuesday.
The new model is based, like the multi-award-winning Golf hatchback, on the MQB platform, and incorporates all the advanced technology of that car, but in a larger, even more practical body style. Its exterior design clearly follows the look of both the Golf, and Volkswagen’s more generic ‘DNA’.
At 4,338 mm long, the new Sportsvan is 134 mm longer than the Golf Plus, and 83 mm longer than the Golf. It is 224 mm shorter than the Golf Estate. Its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 48 mm longer than that of the Golf, helping to generate more interior space, while the Sportsvan is also 80 mm wider, at 1,870 mm, and 126 mm higher, at 1,578 mm (excluding roof rails). Inside, the rear seats (60:40 split bench) can slide forwards and backwards by up to 180 mm, to increase either passenger or luggage space as required.
As well as this versatility, the Golf Sportsvan also offers extra space. Compared with that of its predecessor, boot capacity is increased by 74 litres to 498 litres (versus the Golf’s 380 litres), with the back seats at their rear-most position. Moving the rear seats forwards increases the luggage capacity to 585 litres, while folding the rear seats liberates up to 1,512 litres of room. The front passenger seat can optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,484 mm long.
Like the Golf hatchback, the Sportsvan comes not only with a stronger, safer body structure but also a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems. These include an automatic post-collision braking system which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance of a second impact, and a PreCrash system which, on detecting the possibility of an accident, pre-tensions seatbelts and closes the windows and sunroof, leaving just a small gap, to ensure the best possible protection from the airbags.
Other electronic aids include Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, all of which can reduce or eliminate the chance of accidents occurring. Also available are a Driver Alert System, a camera-operated Lane Assist system and a Dynamic Light Assist system.
A first for the Golf Sportsvan is a Blind Spot Monitor, with an assistant for exiting parking spaces. This monitors the area behind and to the sides of the vehicle, ensuring easier and safer egress when reversing from a parking bay.
Powering the Sportsvan will be a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which conform to Euro 6 emissions standards and incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. There are four turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engines with 85, 110, 125 and 150 PS and three turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150 PS, a 1.6-litre 90 PS and a 1.6-litre 110 PS for the Sportsvan BlueMotion. This is expected to return fuel economy of 76.3 mpg and emit 95 g/km of CO2. All engines (but the 85 PS) can be ordered with a DSG gearbox.
The Golf Sportsvan is expected to go on sale in the UK in mid-2014. It will not use the Sportsvan name in the UK; naming will be confirmed closer to launch.