Volkswagen has announced plans to offer the Golf Sportwagen (aka Golf Variant) in the United States.

Previewed by the Golf Sportwagen concept, the production model is virtually identical to the European variant and is 1.1 inches longer and 0.7 inches wider than the outgoing Jetta Sportwagen.

Volkswagen declined to go into specifics but confirmed the model will be offered with a variety of options including Bi-Xenon headlights, Park Distance Control and 18-inch alloy wheels. The model will also offer a panoramic sunroof and a Climatronic automatic climate control system.

Like the standard model, the Sportwagnen will be offered with two different engines. The turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder petrol produces 170 bhp (126 kW) and 200 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque, while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine develops 150 bhp (111 kW) and 236 lb-ft (319 Nm) of torque. The petrol engine can be connected to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel can be paired to a six-speed manual or a DSG gearbox.

The Golf Sportwagen will go on sale in the United States early next year and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Note: Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon concept pictured

Gallery: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen announced for the U.S.

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