Looking much like the production model that will hit showrooms in mid-2014, the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Concept made its debut in Frankfurt. Like the current Golf Plus which it will replace in the automaker's lineup, the new-gen Sportsvan will be a Euro-only offering. Based on VW's advanced modular "MQB" platform, which also underpins the Gen VI Golf Hatchback and Estate wagon, VW's upcoming 5-passenger "compact minivan" borrows design several features, notably the standard XDS+ electronic locking differential, from the new Golf GTI.

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In addition to its more aggressive styling, improved handling, better interior packaging for people and cargo, plus a host of new and more efficient gasoline and diesel engines, the VW Sportsvan also will offer a bounty of new tech touches, many for the first time in a vehicle in this segment. Highlighting the list are a Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Assist, Park Assist, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, adaptive cruise control with Driver Alert, PreCrash Occupant Protection, Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist main-beam control systems, dynamic chassis control and a new generation of radio/radio-navigation systems, some with  WLAN hotspot capability. One final "class-above" feature is an optional 14-way ergoActive power seat with 4-way lumbar support and a massage function.

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