We already knew that the new iteration of Volkswagen Golf would make its debut late next year, so it’s no surprise that our friends at Motor Trend managed to snag a couple of shots of a prototype undergoing some final testing.
From the looks of things, there’s not a whole lot in the way of visual change. Under the covers and camouflage wraps, the tester looks like a basic five-door Golf model. The front and rear overhangs suggest that the new model is slightly larger than the last one, and…that’s about it.
There’s a reason for that: the new Golf is all about the machinery beneath the skin. The new MkVII will be built atop the MQB platform, which was designed to underpin dozens of similarly sized models like the Audi A1 and A3. The goal here was standardizing parts across VW’s global platform of hatchbacks, to keep cost increases at bay.
Under the hood, it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen. We’ve previously said that the new GTI hot hatch will probably have a tweaked version of the current model’s 2.0-liter turbo four, but there are no clear changes to either the base 2.5-liter inline-five or the optional 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder motors. Considering that VW is keenly interested in downsizing engines, however, we wouldn’t be surprised if it lops off a cylinder and adds a turbo to the base motor.
Check out Motor Trend for some more shots of der neue Golf, and let us know what you’re looking forward to with this model in the comments below.
Source: Motor Trend