2013 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Volkswagen will not abandon the station wagon market in the U.S., showing off a Volkswagen Golf wagon at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show that previews the 2015 Jetta SportWagen here.
- The next-generation SportWagen in the U.S. will be bigger, lighter and more fuel-efficient than the 2013 model.
- Volkswagen AG said that the Golf wagon will be up to 232 pounds lighter than the current model.
The next-generation SportWagen in the U.S. will be bigger, lighter and more fuel-efficient than the 2013 model. The 2015 SportWagen will go on sale in late 2014.
Volkswagen AG said that the Golf wagon will be up to 232 pounds lighter than the current model, but U.S. specifications have not yet been set. Pricing has not been set for the 2015 Jetta SportWagen. The 2013 model starts at $21,390, including a $795 destination charge.
The EPA says the 2013 Jetta SportWagen with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a six-speed manual transmission returns 30 mpg in city driving and 42 mpg on the highway.
The Golf wagon was unveiled on Monday and is one of three Golf variants on display at the Geneva show. The others are the Volkswagen GTI and the diesel-powered GTD. The Golf wagon promises to be more practical than the current model, with trunk volume increased by 20 percent.
Volkswagen said in a statement that a Golf Wagon TGI BlueMotion that runs on compressed natural gas is in the pipeline. But a company insider told Edmunds that the U.S. is not slated to get that version.
The U.S.-bound model is likely to come in a diesel and turbocharged gasoline version. It will come standard with a stop-start system and regenerative brakes to help boost fuel economy.
Edmunds says: The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is one of the few station wagons offered in the U.S. The upcoming version promises to be a good alternative to SUVs and crossovers.