We are now less than two weeks from the official unveil of the 7th generation Golf, the most successful midsized hatchback of all times. Yet, a few details have emerged, informing us that the Golf VII is about to grow significantly in size, with a 59mm longer wheelbase and a 56mm longer body. It will also be 100kg lighter compared to the 6th generation, thanks to VW’s MQB platform and the latest steel technologies and the use of high-strength steel in key parts of the chassis.
Despite the bigger length, the headroom is a bit less than the Golf VI, due to the lower roof line and ride height. The driving position is also lower while the boot space grew in size. Engines-wise, the most efficient BlueMotion model is expected to emit just 85g/km of CO2 and achieve 88.3mpg. A138bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which achieves 58.8mpg, is also to be expected. The latest rumors suggest of a 220 Golf GTI concept, too.
Finally, a new touch-screen entertainment and navigation system will be introduced, featuring a 64GB hard-drive, Bluetooth, USB, auxiliary and SD card connectivity. A 5-inch display is standard on entry-level models, a 5.8-inch colour display on mid-level cars and a 8-inch WVGA screen can be found on the top-of-the-range model. Sales will start in December, with the first deliveries scheduled for January 2013. The Golf Plus, Estate and Cabrio will continue in VI form for the time being.
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