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.

Volkswagen Golf Sportswagon concept shows its practical side in New York