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Volkswagen's new Golf wagon debuts

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17th March, 2013

Some 20 years after the first Golf wagon made its debut, the all-new Golf wagon made its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland this month.

The new Volkswagen Golf Estate, which like the 7th generation Golf hatchback is based on the MQB platform, is up to 105 kg lighter than its predecessor. For the first time will also be available as a full BlueMotion model in some markets. Additionally, an all-wheel drive 4MOTION version will also be available in some continental European markets.

<>At the business end, the Golf wagon’s boot volume has been expanded from the 505 litres of itspredecessor to 605 litres (loaded up to the back seat backrest). Loaded up to the front seat backrests and under the roof, the new VW Golf wagon offers a cargo volume of no less than 1,620 litres (versus the 1,495 litres of the Golf wagon Mk VI).

In terms of appearance, the new Volkswagen Golf wagon closely follows the lines of the Golf hatchback model. On account of the extra space between the C-pillar and the D-pillar, the ‘classic’ Golf then becomes the Golf wagon; at a length of 4,562 mm, the new Golf wagon is 307 mm longer than the hatchback version. Visually, the ‘third’ side window forms a part of the D-pillar, with the result that the new Golf wagon appears sportier than its predecessors.

The Golf wagon BlueMotion, like the Golf BlueMotion hatchback, uses a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 81 kW, and has a six-speed manual gearbox. In Europe, the petrol engine line-up for the new VW Golf wagon starts with a 1.2-litre TSI, rising via a 1.4-litre TSI unit to a 1.4-litre TSI ACT engine with cylinder deactivation. As well as the BlueMotion model, two other common rail diesel-engined models will be available: a 1.6-litre TDI and a 2.0-litre TDI.

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