As with the current Golf hatchback, the minivan variant sits on Volkswagen’s MQB platform and utilizes engines that all comply with Euro-6 emissions standards. Powerplant options include four TSI units producing 63 kW (84 hp), 81 kW (109 hp), 92 kW (123 hp) and 110 kW (148 hp). Diesel fans get the choice of a 81 kW (109 hp) or a 110 kW (148 hp) TDI, with the 81 kW (109 hp) 1.6 TDI BlueMotion requiring an average of 3.7 litres every 100 kilomteres while emitting 95 g CO2/km. Apart from the 63 kW (84 hp) TSI, all units can be optionally mated to the DSG dual clutch transmission, while all models get the XDS+ electronic differential lock from the new Golf GTI.
With a length of 4,338 mm, the concept car is 134 mm longer than the outgoing Golf Plus, 83 mm longer than the Golf hatchback and 224 mm shorter than the Estate. At 1,807 mm, it is 8 mm wider than the regular Golf, while the previous model was actually 48 mm narrower. Standing 1,580 mm tall, it is a mere 2 mm lower than the Golf Plus and 126 mm taller than the Golf. Featuring bolder, more sculpted lines, the Sportsvan wears a large chrome grille, (optional) bi-xenon headlights with U-shaped LED daytime running lights, while the fifth side window within the D pillar, lengthens the transparent surface towards the back of the vehicle, adding a lightness to the design and daylight to the interior.
Inside, the cabin features a rear bench seat with 180 mm fore-aft adjustment and over 1,500 litres of cargo capacity. Standard equipment includes Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, air conditioning, a 5-inch touchscreen, variable cargo floor and a cargo cover, with options such as a heated steering wheel, Blind Spot Monitor, DCC dynamic chassis control, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control available to add to your wish list.
Expect a production version to appear in dealerships by the middle of next year.