The design of all-new Volkswagen Golf is hardly a surprise – the Wolfsburg-based company generally takes the traditional approach with its global bestseller, and it’s safe to say the next Golf Variant won’t make any difference. A batch of new spy photos confirm this revealing the car almost in the middle of the month before its official debut.
These prototypes were tested on public roads in Germany and wore almost no camouflage. The front is obviously not much of a secret because it will be identical to the Golf 8 hatchback. At the rear, there is duct tape covering parts of the taillights, but everything else appears to be in its final production form.
Although not the most anticipated new model of the year, the Golf Variant is a significant addition to Volkswagen’s European portfolio. Despite the SUV and crossover boom, the Old Continent still craves practical wagons and the new Golf Variant will arrive as a direct competitor to the wagon versions of the Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia, SEAT Leon, Peugeot 308, etc.
The Golf Variant is expected to share its engine lineup with the Golf hatchback, meaning that a rich selection of gasoline, diesel and electrified powertrains will be available. There’s no word yet on a new Golf R variant, as well as another Golf GTD variant, but we’re hopeful that both performance variants will join the lineup later in the model’s life cycle.
What’s more important for a wagon, however, is cargo space. Considering that the new Golf has the exact same 380 liters (13.4 cubic feet) boot as its predecessor, we won’t be surprised if the new Golf Variant continues with roughly the same 605 liters (21.3 cubic feet). ) than before.
Look for an official debut in the next few months. Probably next year the Golf Variant will be joined by the rugged Golf Alltrack.
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