2015 vw golf sportwagen at 2014 ny auto show press release
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ALL-NEW VOLKSWAGEN GOLF SPORTWAGEN MAKES ITS NORTH
AMERICAN DEBUT AT THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
All-wheel-drive TDI® Clean Diesel concept version of VW’s popular SportWagen model
previews a bigger, more spacious, and more fuel-efficient replacement for the Jetta
• Thrifty TDI® Clean Diesel, and 1.8-liter turbocharged Golf SportWagen
models will be offered
• Uses the new MQB modular architecture, like the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI
• Golf SportWagen will go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015
• New SportWagen model is estimated to have fuel economy improvements
of up to 17 percent
• New Golf SportWagen offers increased cargo volume, matching compact
SUVs for size and versatility
Herndon, VA – Volkswagen of America, Inc. will debut a concept version of the latest
SportWagen model that features a 4MOTION® all-wheel drive system and the new EA288
TD®I Clean Diesel engine at the New York Auto Show. The concept previews the all-new
Golf SportWagen that goes on sale in early 2015. Based on the new MQB (modular
transverse matrix) architecture, the Golf SportWagen will continue the trend introduced by
the seventh generation Golf whereby it is lighter, bigger, roomier, more fuel efficient and
more powerful than the outgoing SportWagen model.
Thanks to the extensive use of high- and ultra-high strength steels, the new SportWagen
bodyshell is lighter than the current Jetta SportWagen and offers an enhanced crash structure.
Throughout the car, incredible attention to detail has optimized components—such as the seats,
air conditioning unit, and even the electrical architecture —to help save weight.
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The Golf SportWagen is 1.1 inches longer and 0.7 inches wider than the current SportWagen
model. It is also 0.9 inches lower, which benefits both aerodynamic performance and the car’s
proportions: the CdA number has been reduced by almost 10 percent compared with the previous
generation. The interior package has been optimized to give more rear-seat leg- and shoulder
room. Although the new SportWagen’s overall height was lowered by nearly an inch, front and rear
headroom has been improved by 0.4 inches.
The SportWagen has long been a top choice for customers who want a car that’s fun to drive
and offers a large cargo area that is truly versatile. This new SportWagen is even more
appealing, offering nearly 10 percent more cargo room with the rear seats folded than the
outgoing model. Essentially, the Golf SportWagen provides a sportier alternative to compact
The new SportWagen will be offered with two powertrains. The Golf SportWagen will be powered
by a 170 horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI® engine,
mated to five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. These powertrains offer
manufacturer highway fuel economy that’s improved by as much as 17 percent compared to the
2.5-liter Jetta SportWagen.
The TDI Clean Diesel model will be powered by the new EA288 2.0-liter common-rail,
turbocharged and direct-injection diesel engine that makes150 horsepower, an improvement of
10 hp over the current SportWagen model. The TDI model will have a choice of six-speed
manual or DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
The design team, led by Walter de Silva (Group Design) and Klaus Bischoff (VW Brand Design),
created a timeless and sophisticated new SportWagen, using the principles of Volkswagen’s
Design DNA. Thanks to the MQB architecture, which dictates a fixed relationship between the
front wheel centerline and the pedals, the car’s proportions have changed. The front wheels, for
example, are now 1.7 inches further forward than on the current SportWagen design. This has
created what Bischoff calls “’a cab backward impression’. That’s what we call the proportions of
premium-class vehicles, where the hood is long and the passenger compartment is a long way
towards the back.”
Compared with the previous generation SportWagen, the new car’s front end looks completely
different, thanks to the way that the hood slopes down into the front fenders instead of the fender
peaks being higher than the hood. This new SportWagen features more angular horizontal design
cues, with a slender radiator grille.
At the back, the clean surface around the VW badge, the wide rear window, and the geometric
taillights are typical SportWagen features, even though the lines are completely different. The
tailgate, for instance, allows for a lower load height than before, while the overall effect
emphasizes the additional width of the new car.
Along the lines of the new Golf 7, the SportWagen will bring a number of available new features
to market including a panoramic sunroof, 12-way power driver’s seat, Climatronic® automatic
climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and the Advanced Front-lighting System, Park
Distance Control, and available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
In addition, the new SportWagen features a new standard driver assistance system called the
Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This system automatically engages the vehicle’s brakes
after it is involved in a collision in order to help reduce secondary collisions and to help bring
the vehicle to a stop. The system is triggered when the airbag sensors detect a primary collision
and it is limited to a maximum retardation rate of 0.6g by the Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
unit. The driver can effectively override the system at any time; for example, it is disabled if it
recognizes that the driver is accelerating. The system is also deactivated if the driver initiates
braking at a higher rate than 0.6g.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of
America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG,
headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research
and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and
service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the-art manufacturing facility in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of
passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos,
Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through
approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com
or media.vw.com to learn more.
This press release and images of the all-new Golf SportWagen are available at media.vw.com.
“4MOTION”, “Climatronic”, “DSG”, “TDI”, “TSI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names and
the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG.
Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other
countries. Where stated, fuel economy values are forecast manufacturer values for the USA; EPA
estimates were not available at time of release. Mileage will vary and depends on several factors
including driving habits and vehicle condition.