Volkswagen to Reveal First-Ever Golf GTD Estate in Geneva
“Gran Turismo Diesel” Wagon Could Get 54 Combined MPG
Volkswagen has been one of the few automakers that’s consistently offered diesel engines in the United States, but that doesn’t mean we’re entitled to all of the manufacturer’s oil-burning fruits. Case in point: The soon-to-be-unveiled Volkswagen Golf GTD Estate, which will bow this March at the Geneva International Motor Show.
For those who don’t know, since 1982, Volkswagen’s GTD models have provided the handling and fun factor of the GTI, combined with the impressive efficiency of the company’s diesel engines. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to receive a Golf GTD in any form in the U.S., and to add insult to injury, Volkswagen will now offer the tantalizing blend of performance and efficiency in a practical wagon package.
The 2016 Golf GTD Estate will come with a 2.0L I-4 diesel that produces 182 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. That’s 28 fewer horsepower than its gas stablemate, the GTI, but 22 more lb-ft, so the GTD will still be pretty lively. Volkswagen is calling the GTD Estate “an iconic long-distance cruiser,” which sounds about right for a vehicle the company claims will get 53 combined mpg on the European cycle.
The Golf Estate also gets a suitable amount of plastic surgery to become a GTD. Aggressive front and rear bumpers, extended doorsills, smoked taillights, and a GT-signature honeycomb grille make the Estate look very purposeful and aggressive. Ride height is lowered by more than half an inch, and standard 17-inch or optional 18-inch wheels complete the hunkered-down stance.
Inside, we’re grateful to report that VW’s awesome “Clark tartan” plaid cloth seats come standard. A golf-ball shift knob, aluminum trim, and stainless steel pedal caps provide more links to the car’s grand-touring heritage, and Alcantara or leather seating is optional (but don’t, the plaid is cooler).
Sales have been confirmed for the United Kingdom, with deliveries to Old Blighty starting in June. As of now, we’ve no idea if we’ll get this awesome GTD Estate in America, but we’ll be praying extra hard and being extra good in the hopes that “carma” will bless us. If not, we’ll still get the attractive Golf SportWagen, which will be available with a 150hp, 236-lb-ft 2.0L TDI I-4. While we’d love to use a GTD Estate for our next cross-country trip, the Jetta SportWagen’s replacement serves as an excellent consolation prize.
Source: Volkswagen UK