Next-Gen Volkswagen Golf: Production Starts in August, Here's What To Expect

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

Eric Kessler
Wonderful ... a new GTI and GTD (a diesel-powered GTI) will debut in Europe. I can think of no better tool to embrace a diesel in the USA than an existing 2013 VW GTI Diesel! MAKE IT SO for the USA also... then also make it with an AWD option. say good bye to Subaru and the host of others who VW has been forcing us to move to since the VW group will neither offer us a 2-Door Golf AWD or the Audi A3 2-Door AWD! Why must VW Group drive us to other car makers to have a nice AWD fun to drive 2-Door? After all, the 2-Door and AWD much better fit the demographics of the go anywhere and do anything baby boomers in the USA. If I don't want the "R" model but do want a 2-Door Golf/A3 AWD that is economical ... bring the EXISTING Euro 2013 GOLF 2-Door (Optional AWD) GTD and GTI!
Vw golf is nothing but a piece of junk
You'll be getting the Golf Variant. It's just been rebadged as a Jetta SportWagen.
Hmm. Not sure I like the translucent body panels.
Article states we will most likely get existing Diesel and Gas engines. I do not see any date as to when the new generation will be sold in the U.S. Will it be year end the same as Europe?
Isnt the 2.5 liter a 5 cylinder not a 4 cylinder? Other than that, sounds like another great generation. The MkVII GTI is supposed to have abuot 260 hp , cant wait to see that
Hey, Just FYi the Golf has an 2.5 inline-5 not inline-4. It's one of the thing that makes this car interesting.

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