Volkswagen US has presented the all-new 2015 Golf VII SportWagen. It is lighter, bigger, roomier, more fuel efficient and more powerful than the outgoing model. Thanks to the extensive use of high- and ultra-high strength steels, the new SportWagen bodyshell is lighter than the current Jetta SportWagen and offers an enhanced crash structure.

The Golf SportWagen is 1.1" longer and 0.7" wider than the current SportWagen model. It is also 0.9" lower, which benefits aerodynamic performance, fuel efficiency and the car's proportions: the CdA number has been reduced by almost 10 % compared with the previous model.

The interior package has been optimized to give more rear-seat leg and shoulder room. Although the new SportWagen's overall height was lowered by nearly an inch, front and rear headroom has been improved by 0.4".

The engine range includes a 1.8 liter TSI with 170HP (125 kW) connected to a 5-speed maual or 6-speed automatic transmission. There is also a 2.0 liter TDI Clean Diesel with 150HP (110 kW) and 319Nm (236 lb-ft). It is offered with 6-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

Along the lines of the new Golf 7, the SportWagen will bring a number of available new features to market including a panoramic power tilt and slide sunroof, 12-way power driver's seat, Climatronic automatic climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), Park Distance Control, and available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

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Source: Volkswagen US