Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
August 23, 2012
Volkswagen has released some details about the next Golf, which will have its official debut in Berlin next month.
The new Golf will be larger than the outgoing model. The overall length will now be 167.5 inches, and it will be 57.2 inches tall and 70.8 inches wide. Volkswagen says the Golf is larger due to increased safety and giving passengers more space.
Despite the added size, Volkwagen cut close to 220 lbs out of the new Golf thanks to high-strength steel, aluminum suspension components, new electronics, and lighter seats.
The Golf will be riding on Volkswagen's new MQB FWD platform, which can be sized to fit subcompact cars to full-size sedans while using the same engine, front axle, and pedal positioning.
When launched in Europe, the Golf will come with a range of gasoline and diesel powertrain options. For the U.S., expect a 1.8L turbo-four and a diesel. A six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch will be your transmission choices.
At the moment, Volkwagen hasn't said when the next Golf will be arriving to the U.S. Sometime next year is a safe bet.
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