The concept is a near-production-ready version of the next-generation VW Golf Plus, based on the same MQB platform as the standard hatch but with a larger cabin.
The Sportsvan name is likely to be used instead of Golf Plus in Europe, while a new name that includes the Golf title will be used when the car goes on sale here in mid-2014.
At 4,338mm long, the Sportsvan is 134mm shorter than the old Golf Plus, but 83mm longer than the current Golf and has a 48mm-longer wheelbase and higher roofline to boost leg and headroom in the rear.
Boot space stands at 498 litres, but this can be increased to 585 litres by sliding the rear bench forward 180mm. That’s 66 litres more than in the old Plus, although slightly down on the Estate’s 605 litres.
With the 60:40-split rear seat backs folded, the Sportsvan has 1,512-litre of room. As an option, the front passenger seat can fold flat, creating a load space that can accommodate an object up to 2,484mm in length.
The next-generation Plus will have the same line-up of stop-start-equipped engines as the hatch. That includes petrol turbos ranging from 84bhp to 148bhp, plus 109bhp and 148bhp turbodiesels. There’ll also be an efficient 1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion, promising 76.3mpg economy and 95g/km of CO2 emissions. All will be available with the option of a DSG gearbox, except the entry level 84bhp car.
The safety kit from the Golf SE and above, including post-collision braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and City Emergency Braking, are all likely to be standard on this car, as VW aims to sell the car’s safety credentials to its young family target customers.