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The all-new Volkswagen Golf Wagon has been spied undergoing hot-weather testing in Southern Europe ahead of its 2013 unveiling.

Our spy images provide the first look at the more versatile load-lugging version of the new Volkswagen Golf Mk7, which looks set to grow beyond the current model to offer even more cargo space.

Volkswagen Australia public relations general manager Karl Gehling confirmed the new Volkswagen Golf Wagon would arrive in local showrooms in 2014, following the introduction of the new Golf five-door hatch in the second quarter of 2013 and the sporty Golf GTI variant a few months later in the second half of the year.

International reports suggest the Golf Mk7 Wagon may make its international premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show in September.

Like the current Golf Mk6 Wagon, the new model is expected to share its wheelbase with the hatchback while featuring a longer rear overhang and roof and a flatter tailgate for increased load space.

The new wagon’s boot volume is tipped to rise above the current car’s, which measures 505 litres and grows to 1495 litres with the rear seats folded forward.

The styling is also set to become more cohesive, with higher-mounted dark-tinted horizontal LED tail-lights visible beneath the prototype’s psychedelic camouflage. The front-end will carry over unchanged from the hatch.

Like the current model, engines, transmissions and trim levels will be shared between the hatch and wagon body styles. A 103kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo petrol and a 110kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel should form part of the local powertrain line-up when it launches in a little over 12 months’ time.