For the engine lineup, the European model will utilize a range of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines including a 1.2-litre TSI and a 1.4-litre TSI petrol equipped with VW's ACT (active cylinder management) system that shuts down cylinders two or three to improve fuel economy under certain conditions. The 1.4-litre is currently available in the new Audi A3 and generates 140bhp with 249Nm of torque.
The hot 2.0-litre GTI and the range-toping 'R' AWD models will follow next year. The GTI version is rumored to produce around 260bhp. The new Golf will also debut hybrid powertrains in gasoline and diesel formats, as well as a pure-electric variant.
The new VW hatchback will receive its public premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show which will run from 29 Sep to 13 Oct 2012. It will go on sale across Europe in November.