Although the car is heavily disguised, the Golf’s signature wide C-pillar is visible. However, the front-end styling looks as if it will be less bluff, with low-mounted wrap-around headlights sitting below raised wings.
The new Volkswagen Golf Mk7 will be the second model - after the Audi A3 - to be based on the VW Group’s radical MQB architecture. This platform and components set will, eventually, stretch all the way from the next-generation Polo up to the new Passat, potentially delivering Volkswagen a huge economic advantage over the competition.
The Mk7 line-up will include a range of all-new, downsized, petrol engines codenamed EA211 and new diesel units (EA288). The most powerful 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine will get 138bhp and is equipped with a cylinder shut-down system for maximum economy. At the top of the diesel range a new twin-turbo engine is expected to deliver 220bhp.
The all-important GTI is rumoured to be powered by a 260bhp turbo petrol engine and will get VW’s new VAQ front differential for “more agile steering behaviour”. This unit is actually an electronically controlled Haldex clutch, the kind usually found in four-wheel drive systems.
A plug-in hybrid version (with an electric range of around 35 miles), a pure EV and even a version powered by natural gas, will all be part of the new Golf range.
VW bosses have also revealed that they are working on a lightweight version of the Mk7 Golf structure, which will get aluminium floor pressings and an aluminium roof.