Volkswagen is offering a sneak preview of a US-spec Golf estate with a near-production Sportwagon concept currently showcased at New York Auto Show.

Volkswagen is offering a sneak preview of a US-spec Golf estate with a near-production Sportwagon concept currently showcased at New York Auto Show.

We don't understand why Volkswagen is calling this Golf Sportwagon a concept since it looks like what you would expect from a production model. Designed for those who want a "sportier alternative to compact SUVs", the Golf wagon will be offered with 18-inch wheels, automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon headlights.

Customers will have the possibility of selecting from either a 4-cylinder, 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 170 bhp (126 kW) or a more frugal 2.0-liter TDI rated at 150 bhp (111 kW). Opt for the gasoline engine and you will have to choose between a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission whereas the TDI engine can be coupled to a standard 6-speed manual or an optional DSG.

Although the New York showcar features a 4Motion system, Volkswagen says the AWD arrangement is currently "under consideration" for the production model.

The Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon is slated to go on sale early next year.

Gallery: Volkswagen Golf Sportswagon concept shows its practical side in New York