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Geneva LIVE: Volkswagen Golf Variant

by Nick Jaynes

VW\'s new Golf Variant will likely end up as the Jetta Sportwagen in the United States.

Volkswagen has officially revealed the station wagon version of the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf. Christened Golf Variant, the wagon is expected to be renamed Jetta Wagon for North American buyers.

The Golf Variant looks roughly the same as its hatchback counterpart from the front bumper to the B-pillar. Beyond that, it is fitted with a longer rear overhang and a lower hatch that makes loading and unloading bulky items a breeze. The tail lamps adopt a rounder design than the ones found on the hatch, and a set of brushed aluminum roof rails comes standard on most trim levels.

Although the Golf Variant is 12.1 inches longer than the hatch version, designers were sure to transfer the classic Golf C-pillar shape into the wagon's D-pillar.

The Golf Variant will be offered with a veritable smorgasbord of engine and transmission options. Most notably, the TDI BlueMotion engine option only available in Europe will make 110 horsepower but achieve 71.3 miles-per-gallon, when equipped with the six-speed manual.

A 4Motion TDI Clean Diesel will also be offered in either 105 or 150 horsepower variants. While nearly every engine option will be offered with a five or six-speed transmission, the TSI and TDI engines can be optioned with a DSG dual-clutch transmission at extra cost.

The gasoline engine options will run the power output gamut with ranging horsepower ratings, including 85, 105, 90, 122, and 140 horsepower. The most efficient of which will be the 1.2-liter TSI BlueMotion, which has been rated to achieve a combined 46-mpg and a top speed of 120 mph. Start/Stop and battery regeneration will be fitted to each Golf wagon model.

VW has not given any hint about powertrains for the North American market, but a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder gas engine and a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder diesel are expected.

The Golf Variant will feature up to five drive modes, including; Eco; Sport; Normal; Individual; and Comfort. The last of which will only be included on models optioned with DCC Dynamic Chassis Control.

On the interior, Volkswagen allows customers to choose from three infotainment screen options: a 5-inch TFT, a 5.8-inch, and an 8-inch touch-screen. Passengers will be able to swipe between screens and options with the flick of a finger, just like on many popular smartphones.

The Golf Variant will go on sale across Europe before next fall. Details about a North American model could come as soon as next month's New York International Auto Show.

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