Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: VW Golf Sportsvan concept image

Volkswagen has officially revealed the Golf Sportsvan concept during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show – it will act as a preview to the next Golf Plus.

As we can see, the concept is a near-production one, closely resembling the current generation Golf, as the next generation Golf Plus is really closed, scheduled to go on sale during the middle of next year.

The Sportsvan concept differentiates from the seventh generation Golf with a longer wheelbase and a taller roofline. The interior also receives several changes including a sliding rear seat, additional storage compartments and the ability to hold more than 1,500 liters (52.9 cubic feet) of luggage. The base version will offer such amenities like XDS+, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, air conditioning, seven airbags, the new electronic parking brake, a 5-inch touchscreen, variable cargo floor and a cargo cover.

Also, assistance systems like the Blind Spot Monitor incorporating Rear Traffic Alert, which is being implemented in a Golf for the first time will be making their way onto the standard production models. Other available technologies include DCC dynamic chassis control, the Front Assist with City Emergency Braking surroundings monitoring system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a lane-keeping assistant.

Six new engines are featured as a future line-up and cover a power range from 63 kW / 85 PS to 110 kW / 150 PS; they have a stop-start system as standard and are up to 19 per cent more fuel efficient than the previous engine versions. All of them will be upholding the Euro-6 emissions standard.