Spied: Volkswagen Golf Estate/Variant (Rabbit wagon)

Spy photographers have spotted the new Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit wagon in testing. It's not known if or when this wagon version of the Rabbit will reach the States, but Europeans are already excited about what they call the Golf Estate - also referred to as the Golf Variant.

Volkswagen was attempting to get away from the "conventional" station wagon styling by hinting about a Golf Plus -- sort of a small European MPV, but consumers were demanding a "real" station wagon -- and now we have proof that it's much more than just wishful thinking.

We'll officially see this Golf (Rabbit) wagon when it makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year. Although powerplants won't be of any surprise, the interior is said to offer greater flexibility than ever before with a foldable/removable rear bench seat, many small-item compartments and even tie-down points - typical features in much larger station wagons. Gallery after the jump...