The next version of the Volkswagen Golf will go into production in Germany this August, according to Automotive News. But what exactly is in store for the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen hatchback? Here's what we know so far about the 2013 VW Golf.
The new VW Golf will be based on the company's MQB modular architecture (pictured). Essentially building blocks for cars, the MQB platform can be adjusted to accommodate vehicles of various lengths and wheelbases on one common platform. Cars built off the new MQB architecture will include new versions of the Golf, Jetta, and Beetle, as well as the Audi TT and A3. This not only makes it more cost-effective to produce numerous variants of cars, it also should make for lighter cars thanks to new construction methods and increased use of aluminum. The seventh-generation Golf, then, should only weigh as much as the skinnier fourth-generation model.
Our spy photos of the 2013 Golf reveal that its design won't change drastically from the current version. Expect the new VW hatchback to grow a few inches in length and width, but otherwise there will be few design surprises. However, VW has promised that cost savings from switching to the MQB platform will allow for improvements in build quality.The cars will likely be offered with new gadgets like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning systems, and variable-ratio steering.
It's not totally clear what engines will be found under the hood, as MQB is designed for small-displacement engines that might not fare well in the American market. The familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter gas and diesel mills will return, and a new turbocharged 1.8-liter will replace the current Golf's 2.5-liter inline-five. Europe, as usual, will get even thriftier engines -- 1.6 liters or smaller.
The new VW Golf makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show later this year, before going on sale in Europe by December. In spring 2013, the new GTI and GTD (a diesel-powered GTI) will debut in Europe. The former is rumored to have a revised 2.0-liter turbo-four with 260 hp, as well as a clutch-type front differential that will help quell torque steer.
Following those, Europeans will get a few other versions of the Golf: the Variant station wagon in mid-2013, the Golf Plus mini-minivan in 2014, the coupe-styled Golf CC in 2015, and a new Golf Cabriolet in 2015. It's unlikely any of those variations will be sold in America; VW typically only brings the two- and four-door hatchback model here.
Source: Automotive News