The Sportsvan is the replacement for the Golf Plus
It's due on sale in 2014, but won't use either the Golf or Sportsvan names
Volkswagen is planning a fresh new design language.
“It’s time for a new look,” said an insider, who explained that the theme will retain certain features, such as the link between the grille and headlamps, although these trademark details will evolve.
As an example, the insider cited the Sportsvan concept, which previews the Golf Plus and was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show. That model is due out next year, with VW already confirming it won't use either the Golf or Sportsvan name for the production version. It's 134mm longer than the outgoing Golf Plus, and 83mm longer than the five-door Golf on which it is based.
On the Sportsvan concept, the ends of its grille folds back to meet the headlights. This subtle evolution will be rolled out across VW’s range, along with a fresh sculpture whose character will gradually emerge with each new model.