Yes, it’s that time of year again. The North American arm of the Volkswagen brand has unveiled its “enthusiast concept vehicle fleet” for 2019, including tweaked versions of the Golf R, Jetta GLI and Arteon R-Line.
The vehicles, which VW describes as “specially prepared concepts” sporting “performance add-ons and visual enhancements”, were on display at the SoWo: European Experience on Hutchinson Island, Savannah.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit Confetti concept
Inspired by the iconic Golf GTI Rabbit logo, the Confetti concept starts with a limited-run 2019 GTI Rabbit Edition. The GTI is covered in a wrap decorated with Rabbit logos, plus what VW calls “a few hidden surprises”, arranged in a confetti-like pattern. This vehicle is fitted with 19-inch Rotiform RSE wheels, complete with customised Rotiform Aerodisk wheel covers. It also features H&R VTF adjustable lowering springs, tinted windows and Volkswagen Accessories base carrier bars with a Thule Canyon XT Cargo Basket.
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Combi concept
The Combi concept is essentially a 2019 Golf Alltrack SEL featuring a front bumper from the Golf GTE, a Golf GTD short shifter and a rear spoiler from the Golf GTI Rabbit Edition. Other new components include a set of H&R VTF adjustable lowering springs, custom ‘90s-themed graphics, tinted windows, Volkswagen Accessories base carrier bars with an integrated LED light bar, and a Thule Motion XT L cargo box. This concept was created at the Volkswagen Technical Service Centre in Auburn Hills.
Volkswagen Jetta GLI Super Touring concept
The German firm collaborated with Fifteen52 to create the Super Touring concept. Based on a 2019 Jetta GLI Autobahn, the concept is the reveal vehicle for a fresh set of Fifteen52 wheels. Additional equipment includes K&W Variant 3 DDC coilovers, a sport spoiler, a brake kit, an extended exhaust and tinted windows.
Volkswagen Arteon R-Line SEMA concept
This concept was developed in collaboration with Vossen Wheels and was first shown in the Vossen Gallery during the 2019 SEMA show. It features a Pure White coating covered by Xpel Stealth satin paint protection film and is lowered nearly 75mm by H&R Ultra Low coilovers, riding on a set of 21-inch Vossen Forged M-X4T wheels. After SEMA, the concept was fitted with a custom valence kit and aluminium floor mats by Luft Technik, as well as a 380 mm front big brake kit by Forge Motorsport.
Volkswagen Tiguan Adventure concept
The Adventure concept was created with some help from the folks over at H&R Springs. Based on a 2019 Tiguan SEL Premium 4Motion, this overland concept features a topographic-themed wrap, H&R Adventure Raising Springs and 18-inch Rotiform WGR wheels fitted with all-terrain rubber. Volkswagen Accessories increase functionality inside and out: there are Monster Mats, a Bumperdillo protection plate, a rear spoiler, aluminium side-steps, base carrier bars and a Thule Hull-a-Port kayak carrier securing a white water kayak.
Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp concept
As we’ve already reported, the Basecamp Concept is the brainchild of Alex Earle, exterior design manager at the Volkswagen Design Centre California and avid cyclist. Using a Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium as the canvas, the Basecamp concept is painted Platinum Grey and Black Uni with a matte finish and orange accents. Wrapped in 265/70 R17 all-terrain tyres, a set of fifteen52 Traverse MX concept wheels made their debut on the vehicle at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. Additional accessories include a custom body kit by Air Design, an H&R lift kit with coilover suspension, a Front Runner Slimline II roof rack system with bike holders, off-road LED light bars front and rear, as well as protective interior add-ons from Volkswagen Accessories.
Volkswagen Golf R Spektrum concept
Available in the US for the 2019 Golf R, the Spektrum programme offers 40 custom-order colours, many of which are heritage hues from Volkswagen enthusiast models. The Spektrum concept starts with a 2019 Golf R (with dynamic chassis control and navigation) and is dressed in the available Spektrum colour Ginster Yellow. The concept is customised with H&R VTF adjustable lowering springs, 20-inch Vossen Hybrid Forged HF-1 wheels, tinted windows and black lower rocker panel accents.