After all the anticipation, Volkswagen has lifted the curtain off the MK 7 Golf at the New National Gallery in Berlin, Germany. The exterior design is sharper and clearly an evolution of the MK 6.
The vital new model for Volkswagen measures 4,255mm long, 2,637mm wide and 1,452mm tall, making the car bigger than the outgoing model in all 3 dimensions. The car rides on the new MQB platform which helps it to weigh up to 100 kg less than its predecessor. The 2013 Golf will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show.
At launch, a series of petrol and diesel engines are available. The base gasoline model is equipped with a 1.2-litre TSI unit generating 84bbhp, followed by a 1.4-litre TSI with cylinder deactivation technology that churns out 138bhp.
It looks the 1.4-litre ‘Twincharger’ has be removed from the lineup. Diesel options include a 1.6-litre unit with 104bhp and a 2.0-litre with 148bhp. There will also be a BlueMotion variant which averages 3.2L/100km with CO2 emissions of 85g/km.
The new Golf will be offered in three different trims, namely the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The range-topping Highline features goodies such as xenon headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting and Alcantara / fabric sport seats.
Depending on the model you choose, the MK 7 Golf is equipped with safety features such as fatigue detection system, parking sensors, PreCrash system, XDS electronic locking differential and lane-keeping assistant.
The hatchback is also equipped with a driver profile selection system that allows the driver to choose between five different modes, namely Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual and Comfort.
The layout of the cockpit looks conservative but functional – typical Volkswagen style. Along with the new Golf, VW debut a new steering wheel design which will most likely spread to other models that debut after it.
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