Although the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen debuted as a concept car here at the New York Auto Show, VW says it will be available in dealerships early next year, so it’s as close to a production version as it gets.
But before you get totally confused, note that the Golf SportWagen actually replaces the Jetta SportWagen. Many would argue that the SportsWagen, mostly based on the older Golf platform, should never have been called a Jetta, so now we see a course direction of sorts.
Wagons are back in vogue in the USA because people are finally appreciating their ability to be both fun to drive and able to hold plenty of cargo. Add to that the offering of a manual transmission and a turbo-charged diesel (TDI) engine, and you have a pretty nifty package of goodness, explaining why VW wanted to get the news out about it as soon as possible. The only thing about the announcement that is disappointing is that it seems an all-wheel-drive version will not be offered as it is in the European variant.
One reason for the correction is that this vehicle was created on the new and improved MQB global architecture that Volkswagen is implementing with all its brands. This modular platform was tailored made for Golf and now the wagon variant gets to take advantage of the lighter, bigger, roomier, more fuel efficient, powerful and safer attributes of this new, innovative technology.
These and other widespread improvements are moving Volkswagen in the right direction to their lofty goal of U.S. market domination by 2018, but the jury is still out.