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Volkswagen Gold Sportsvan concept previewed


The Frankfurt motor show is just around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped Volkswagen from revealing their Golf Sportsvan concept, a preview of the Golf Plus successor.

The five-seat concept measures in at 4338mm long, 1870mm wide and 1578mm high and rides on a 2685mm wheelbase.

This will make the model 134mm longer than the older Golf Plus on 83mm longer, 126mm taller and 8mm wider than the new Mark VII Golf on which it is based. The concept is also 224mm shorter than the Golf wagon unveiled in March at this year’s Geneva motor show.

The concept features a 60:40 split-fold rear bench seats, which can then slide forwards and backwards by up to 180mm, the boot of the Sportsvan offering a 498-litre volume. This is expandable to a whopping 1512L when the rear seats folded flat while the front passenger seat can also be folded fully forward to create a maximum 2484mmlong load space.

The name has not yet been confirmed even so it is expected to go on sale in the UK in mid-2014. The vehicle will be powered by a four turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engines which will range in tune from 63kW to 110kW, and three diesel engines – 66kE and 81kW 1.6-litre unites as well as a 110kW 2.0-litre.

The concept includes the stop-start and regenerative braking technologies and all the engines will be available with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

According to the automaker, the BlueMotion model will be propelled by the 1.6-litre turbo-diesel, and will deliver fuel economy of 3.7 litres per 100km.

This will be the first Gold to offer steering wheel heating as an option, the Sportsvan will come with U-shaped LED daytime running lights and a new blind spot monitor with parking space exist assist. The model will also feature a five-inch touchscreen, as well as variable cargo floor and cargo space alongside a bunch of current passive and active safety systems.

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