A concept: the VW Concept A
20 February 2006

VW has added to the rush of crossovers with this mix of sports car and compact SUV, launched at Berlin on Friday and to meet the public for the first time at Geneva.

It has some interesting structural features: underbody protection; a fold-down pick-up truck style rear coupled with a rear hatch; no B-pillars thanks to opposing opening doors. There is also a concertina soft-top reaching back to the C-pillar. Combined with these Mediterranean hire-car features is the 150bhp TSI engine, which itself combines a turbocharger with a supercharger.

It is one of VW's most advanced engines, and here is coupled to the six-speed DSG transmission driving all four wheels via the 4Motion system. VW says the Golf's diesel engines will also fit.

The Golf is the key thing about the Concept A because the concept's mechanical layout is a preview of the forthcoming Golf 4x4, which will be a Land Rover Freelander and Vauxhall Antara competitor.

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