The highly anticipated VW Golf SUV is neither a full-blooded off-roader nor a flashy Cross-Golf. Instead, VW has specifically designed the Golf SUV to appeal consumer who regularly purchase a crossover vehicle. Even though VW is a little late in trying to secure a place in the ever crowded crossover market, the fact that they are at least making an attempt is both brave and business savvy. After all, VW is no doubt acutely aware of the fact that the crossover automotive market remains a growing market.
VW Golf SUV – Beautiful Design:
As expected, the VW Golf SUV’s exterior will feature a standard VW Golf-rescue’ design. Its hood will look similar to many other modern VW vehicles by utilizing straight lines and sharp angles to create a classy and masculine aesthetic. Also, the Golf SUV will come complete with flared wheel arches, diametrically larger wheels, and all season tires. The VW have also decided to incorporate roof rails and auxiliary driving lighting into this Golf SUV’s body, no doubt in an attempt to satisfy the type of consumer who would use this vehicle as a standard SUV.
In terms of its interior, the new SUV will feature a leatherette cabin, a practical dashboard and bespoke instruments such as navigation with off-road memory. Furthermore, passengers will experience a relatively smooth ride thanks to this vehicle’s stacked suspension, hill descent control and traction control for off-road terrain.
VW Golf SUV – Engine and Top Speed:
The new SUV will come with a standard 150 hp 1.4-liter TSI engine. The engine itself will be connected to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, with a manual transmission alternative to be made available at a later date. It is estimated that this engine set up will produce a maximum speed of around 155 mph.
In terms of performance, VW has really tried to make this VW SUV as eco-friendly as possible. VW have seemingly achieved this by building an advanced start/stop system into the VW Golf SUV so that when to idle this vehicle implements a cylinder deactivation process that cuts the engine before the vehicle has come to a stop. Also, the transmission of the VW Golf SUV includes a Blu-motion technologies transmission that is fitted with a unique coasting mode that prevents unnecessary consumption of fuel. However, it would not be unrealistic to suggest that the VW Golf SUV would have a slightly better mpg ratio to a similar vehicle in its class such as the VW Tiguan with its city mpg of 21 and a highway mpg of 26.
VW Golf SUV – Expected Date of Arrival and Price:
As of writing, VW remains tight-lipped about the actual cost of a standard VW Golf SUV. That being said as the VW SUV will be competing against vehicles such as the Mazda CX-3 crossover which costs in the region of $23,000, it is not unrealistic to suggest that the likely cost of the new SUV will probably be closer to around $25,000.
Regarding a probable release date, the Golf SUV is expected to be released at some point’ in 2017. However, it is more than likely that it will not be released onto the automotive market until early 2018, largely because VW wants to release it in line with the release of its counterpart, the VW MK8.