Volkswagen has revealed yet another model we in the U.S. can only dream about. You’re looking at the all-new Golf GTD Variant, essentially a more practical wagon version of the diesel-powered Golf GTD hot hatch. It makes its debut at March’s Geneva Motor Show and like its five-door sibling it won’t be landing on these shores anytime soon.

That’s a shame, because the Golf GTDs are ideal for anyone looking for a sporty car that’s also economical. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI diesel engine good for 181 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for 0-62 mph acceleration in 7.9 seconds.

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That might not seem quick, but note that the engine’s peak torque is delivered from as low as 1,750 rpm, which gives the car great pick-up speed around town. Fuel economy, meanwhile, averages about 53 mpg in European combined cycle testing. Transmissions include six-speed manual and six-speed DSG dual-clutch units.

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTD Variant

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTD Variant

To go along with the potent powerplant, the Golf GTD Variant also picks up a number of Golf GTI styling cues. These include a sporty body kit, 17-inch alloys, lowered suspension and chrome-tipped exhausts.

The cabin also gets sports seats with GTI-inspired tartan trim, a sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedal caps, illuminated door sills, aluminium accents, and a gear knob styled as a golf ball. Some of the options offered include 18-inch alloys, red brake callipers, and Alcantara or Vienna leather trim.

The Geneva Motor Show gets underway March 3, so we should have more details soon. To see what else will be at the show, head to our dedicated hub.


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