Volkswagen is highlight the new Golf Variant at the Geneva Motor Show with a special R-Line concept.
Following leaked photos, Volkswagen has officially unveiled the 2014 Golf Variant in Geneva that could make its way to the States as the next-gen Jetta SportWagen. Based on the new seventh-generation Golf, the Variant estate is 105 kg lighter than its predecessor yet its wheelbase has grown from 2578 to 2636 mm. Its overall length is 4562 mm, making it 307 mm longer than the hatchback and the most spacious and efficient Golf Variant ever.
At 605 liters, the boot offers 100 liters more space than before, which grows to 1,620 liters with the seats down, an increase of 125 liters. The hatchback's engines have also carried over to the station wagon. The direct-injection gasoline turbo is available with 85, 90, 105, 122 and 140 horsepower, while the diesel unit is offered with 105, 110 and 150 hp. The BlueMotion model has a 110 hp 1.6-liter TDI diesel linked to a 6-speed manual enabling the Variant to return 71.3 mpg. Depending on the engine, VW also offers a five-speed box and optional dual clutch DSG automatic.
The Golf Estate Concept R-Line hints at how the carmaker envisions applying its sport treatment to the compact station wagon. Setting it apart from the stock Variant are a redesigned front bumper with larger air intake, body-colored front splitter, high-gloss black side sills, 18-inch Salvador-style alloys, a roof spoiler, a black rear diffuser and chrome tailpipes. The interior is lavished in space-blue Nappa and black carbon leather, while under the hood a 2.0-liter TDI, rated at 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, powers all four wheels via the 4MOTION AWD system using the new Haldex-5 clutch.