It has been a short while since the European debut of VW’s redesigned line of Golf hatchbacks. And while the perennial sales giant is riding a wave of refreshed popularity, VW has subtly added more appeal to its legendary compact. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the VW Golf TDI SportWagen Concept, Volkswagen’s latest addition to the ever-expanding Golf lineup.
As you may have inferred, this vehicle is indeed a concept car, though it is rather production-ready as-is. There are no ungainly stylistic flourishes or unfeasible interior designs that are common of concept vehicles — it’s simply the typically-friendly and familiar Golf package, albeit slightly longer. What makes this Golf a concept is the combination of VW’s ubiquitous 2.0 TDI engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission with power directed to all four wheels via VW’s 4Motion AWD system.
Unfortunately, it seems that the folks from Volkswagen may have difficulty justifying the 4Motion setup for the production Golf SportWagen, which is slated for U.S. consumption in 2015. More likely than not, the American-market model will not offer an AWD configuration.
The VW Golf TDI SportWagen Concept is set to debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show later this week. One thing a certain niche of enthusiasts can all agree on is that the world will always be a better place with one more diesel-powered manual-equipped wagon.