A concept version of the latest Volkswagen SportWagen will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show. This concept, previewing the all-new Golf SportWagen set to go on sale in early 2015, is based on the new MQB (modular transverse matrix) architecture like the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI. It is lighter, bigger, roomier, more fuel efficient and more powerful than the previous Jetta SportWagen model, which it will replace. It will also be 1.1 inches longer, 0.7 inches wider, and 0.9 inches lower than the current SportWagen model. This sporty alternative to compact SUVs will also offer nearly 10-percent more cargo room.

One of two powertrain options for this timeless and sophisticated machine will be a four-cylinder EA288 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel common-rail, turbocharged engine rated at 150 hp at 3500 rpm and 236 lb-ft of torque between 1750 and 3000 rpm. This engine will also be found under the hood of the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta. In the concept SportWagen, the 2.0L TDI will be mated to a six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Adding to the cool-factor is this concept’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, which we hope isn’t just for the concept.

Other features include a panoramic sunroof, 12-way power driver’s seat, Climatronic automatic climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and the Advanced Front-lighting System, Park Distance Control, and available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.