Spyshots: New Volkswagen Golf Variant / Jetta SportWagen
That's where the new Golf Variant comes in. We can say with 90% certainty that the new Golf Variant will debut in a coupe of days at the Geneva Motor Show, entering production a few months after that.
Our spy photographers have managed to snap pictures of this almost completely undisguised car while testing in Germany. We say "almost undisguised" because the rear lights are covered with big stickers that are supposed to fool us into thinking it's actually the outgoing model. Nice try guys, but we're not fooled!
From the front, the new Variant shares all its good looks with the regular Golf, but from back, it's not as sexy in our opinion. Still, you could stuff this baby with two weeks' worth of luggage for five people and still have room for watermelons and a fully inflated dingy.
The engines will be the same as on the regular Golf hatchback.That includes a 1.2-liter TSI base model with 85 horsepower, a 140 PS 1.4-liter TSI and two diesels, the 105 PS 1.6 TDI and the bigger 2.0 TDI with 140 PS.
In America, the Golf Variant is called the Jetta SportWagen, even though it no longer looks like a Jetta. There, it's currently available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 170 hp, or a 2-liter TDI offering 140 hp. Volkswagen has announced the new MkVII Golf will be produced for North America starting next year, and we expect the base 2.5 will be swapped for a new 1.8-liter turbo.
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