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New VW Golf Plus For 2014

By raccars Published

Next year will see Volkswagen expanding its super successful Golf range, with the launch of a new Golf Plus, a Sportsvan concept that takes the original Golf and blows it up a bit, expanding its dimensions in length, height and width.

Due to debut in Frankfurt next week, the car is set for release next summer. In its current concept guise, it is called the Golf Sportsvan and is in fact in its second generation – the Mk5 Golf also got the Sportsvan treatment in 2004, as the Golf Plus, but never made much impact. This time around the Golf Plus is bigger and more spacious, with a 498 litre boot – that's 74 litres bigger than its predecessor's and over 100 litres bigger than the regular Golf's.

In addition, there's a flexible seating arrangement that sees sliding and folding rear seats and the option of a front passenger seat that also folds down, to offer up to 2.4 metres of length internally and a potential 1,512 litres of cargo space.

Under the bonnet there's a turbocharged 1.4 litre petrol unit available in four states of tune: 84, 109, 123 and 148bhp. Three turbodiesels complete the range: a 148bhp 2.0 litre, an 89bhp 1.6 litre and a 109bhp 1.6 litre Bluemotion. This last is alleged to be good for 76.3mpg and 95g/km in CO2 emissions. The standard gearbox is a manual, with all except the entry level model also being offered with the option of a dual clutch DSG transmission. The powertrain owes much to the Golf Gti, but tweaked for improved efficiency.

The equipment list mimics the standard Golf's, with options such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Alert System, City Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor and Lane Assist, operated with an integrated camera and luxe touches, such as a heated steering wheel. The cabin is also largely derived from the regular Golf's, with only small design elements marking out the Golf Plus from the standard hatchback.

From the outside, it looks like what it is: a big VW Golf, a reasonably sporty cross between a hatchback and an MPV.

VW has already confirmed that the Sportsvan designation is for concept purposes only but has yet to announce pricing for the production version. However, industry rumour supports a slight increase upon the previous edition's figure, a rise sweetened by the inclusion of extra equipment and safety features.

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