Could this be the new 2013 VW Golf? I believe that it is quite possible looking at the grille and lights. It would make sense since the Passat and Jetta have the same look, that the new Golf would get the same treatment. I for one like the design if it is the new Golf. I like the lines on the side and what I can see of the rear end of the car. I think it would fit perfectly in the line-up and would do well. What do we know about the new Golf? Here are the facts that we know so far…
What we know about the 2013 Volkswagen Golf, next-gen GTI
Lighter, faster, stronger, better. That’s what we can expect from the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf, due to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show before it hits dealerships across Europe this fall and eventually lands on U.S. shores as a 2013 model.
So what makes it special? A combination of new manufacturing processes, an all-new platform, a range of upgraded engines and what will go down as one of the greatest democratizations of active safety and in-car technology in automotive history.
What’s more, the next GTI will be an order of magnitude better because of it, bringing it back in line with the original hot hatch while packed with even more standard features.
It all starts with Volkswagen’s new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, which is set to underpin every front-wheel-drive VW product from the Polo to the Passat, along with the 2013 Audi A3. To hear VW tell it, it will redefine the automaker’s manufacturing processes while curing world hunger and eradicating leprosy.
Read on to find out what’s got Volkswagen so excited.
VW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter will max-out at 280 hp.
More impressive is the overall weight reduction VW hopes to achieve through the use of high-strength steel, aluminum and a new patented manufacturing process that can weld the two together on the same line. Across the board, the 2013 Golf will be around 150 pounds lighter than the Mk6 (which is essentially a slightly modified Mk5) thanks to molten-molded, extra high-strength steel used throughout the chassis, along with reworked suspension components, lightened engines and auxiliary bits. VW officials tell us that it wants the next Golf to be the same weight as the Mk4 model from the 90s, and the proliferation of aluminum in the chassis and roof means the next GTI should be over 200 pounds lighter than the current model.However, in the process of reducing overall weight, VW plans to stuff the new Golf with a range of standard and optional infotainment and safety features that used to be the exclusive purview of luxury models costing three-times as much.We already revealed VW’s new line of NVIDIA-powered modular infotainment systems, and along with that, the new Golf will be available with radar- and camera-based adaptive cruise control, parking assist, auto-dimming headlights, an electronic parking brake and a Mercedes-like fatigue detection system that will let the driver know when it’s time for a nap and a cup of coffee.Engines will span the spectrum from 1.4- to 2.0-liters, but in the U.S., don’t expect the turbo’d 1.4 to arrive for a few more years. However, the new 1.8T is set to put out up to 180 horsepower and the turbocharged 2.0-liter – making use of Audi’s Valvelift system – will max-out at 280 hp. But fear not, your front tires are safe. Sorta. The GTI variant is likely to be limited to around 230-240 hp, but torque will be up to nearly 260 pound-feet. And if that’s not enough twist for you, VW is working on a new 2.0-liter turbo diesel that’s set to output 190 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, which means the GTD – the Euro-only diesel-flavored GTI – will be even more potent. Let’s hope VW sees the light and ships it our way.
Finally, a reworked suspension and all-new electric steering rack that will be more direct and more efficient will work in concert with a new type of electronically-controlled mechanical limited-slip differential that nixes the much-maligned brake-based system on current GTIs. It’s already been tested at the Nürburgring and VW claims it’s 8.5 seconds quicker around Green Hell than its standard counterpart.So when do we get it? Well, the Golf is likely to arrive in the States in 2013, with the Mk7 GTI landing a year or so after that. We’ve been told the 2013 GTI will be a carryover of the Mk6 in the U.S., so both the old and new models will be sharing dealership space. And that could be a problem.Because of the new manufacturing and material processes, parts costs will be cut by around 20 percent and manufacturing costs will be reduced by one-third, meaning the next Golf should be less expensive than the current model, while packing even more content, providing more power and even better handling.