Volkswagen won’t officially reveal the next-generation Golf (and possibly a GTI) until the Paris Motor Show in September, but that’s not stopping details on its all-new C-segment hatchback from hitting the Internet ahead of schedule.
The latest data download comes courtesy of a new video floating around YouTube, which is comprised of still photos taken during a media backgrounder held earlier this week in Berlin. We’re now privy to an artist’s rendering of the Mk VII Golf, but don’t expect to glean much: the artist chose (or was forced) to illustrate the all-new Golf with a sheet draped over it in order to obscure most (or all) exterior details.
This rendering seems to suggest the Golf may receive a longer, more dramatic hood and chiseled, pronounced rounded fenders, along with twin LED accents within each headlamp assembly. Whether or not this is simply artistic flair or indicative of the finished product won’t be revealed until the car’s debut.
Another slide of interest details features that will be offered on the 2014 Golf. Despite being one of VW’s volume products, this list suggests there’s some surprisingly fanciful technology heading into the new car. Features mentioned here include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, “City-Emergency Braking” (already offered on the Up! city car), a self-parking function, driver fatigue and traffic sign detection, auto-dimming headlamps, a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof, LED fog lamps, and so on.
Exactly how many of these will apply to the North American model remains to be seen. VW has offered some similar niceties (i.e. self-parking system, adaptive dampers, etc.) abroad without selling them here. The Golf is extremely price-sensitive in our market, so there’s a good chance either we won’t receive some of the more expensive items on this list, or they’ll be relegated to particular model trims like TDI or GTI.
The remainder of the video clip is essentially old hat. As we’ve known for some time, the new Golf adopts Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform, a move that saves 220 lbs, and also saves VW both development and production costs. The new Golf should also be a bit larger than its predecessor, and measure in at nearly 167.5 inches long and 70.8 inches wide (for reference, the current Golf is 165.9 inches long and 70 inches wide). Interior space should increase as a result, and the driver’s position should offer a greater range of adjustments than ever before.
Expect more information to emerge closer to the Golf’s debut on September 27. Until then, check out the video below.
Source: YouTube via CarScoop