Volkswagen has issued the first official information of the sixth-generation Golf, after photos of the vehicle leaked on the internet earlier this week.
The car will make its world debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in September.
Besides the new look, the most significant news about the Golf is that VW has lowered fuel consumption by up to 28% using a range of new turbocharged and/or supercharged diesel (DSI) and petrol (TSI) engines. Mechanically, the Mk6 Golf will use the same platform as the outgoing model.
The newcomer, which VW says looks more athletic than the car it replaces, is unmistakably still a Golf as its design is evolutionary.
However, the design team, led by Klaus Bischoff, has nevertheless made it look more modern, taking design cues from VW’s Scirocco.
Although the Golf VI’s design isn’t a radical change VW says it is packed with new technology.
Assistance systems such as "automatic distance control" (ACC), "adaptive chassis control" (DCC) and the "park steering assistant" are some of the new technologies for the car.
In terms of safety there are a new ESP system, seven airbags including knee airbag and daytime running lights.
With the new Golf, the German carmaker also tried to address criticism that the outgoing Golf’s interior isn’t up to scratch.
The newly-designed cabin apparently features more soft touch plastics and better quality materials throughout.
The appearance and layout of materials and details such as brushed chrome accents and round instruments derived directly from those of the Passat CC. VW also claims that it improved the Golf’s overall ergonomics and that all operating controls are easier to use.
Quietest Golf yet
Among the details outlined in VW’s media release, it is highlighted that the car is the "quietest Golf" yet.
A special damping film in the windshield reduces driving noises, as does a newly developed seal concept for the doors and side window guides.
The new shape of the outside mirrors also significantly reduces wind noise.
Furthermore, special modifications were made to acoustically isolate the engine and passenger compartments from one another better.
At launch, Volkswagen will be offering the Golf with two 2-litre TDI engines with respective power outputs of 81 kW and 103 kW.
Fuel consumption for the 81kW-engine is 4.5 litres per 100 km, while its C02 output is a low 119 g/km. For the 103kW-model VW claims a consumption figure of 4.9 litres and a C02 figure of 129 g/km CO2.
There are four petrol engines with power outputs ranging from 59kW to 118kW, with the entry-level engine consuming 6.4 liters of petrol per 100km.
Starting at 90 kW the TSI engines come with a supercharger and/or turbocharger. The 90kW 1.4 TSI has a fuel consumption figure of 6.2 litres per 100 liters, while the higher-output 118kW 1.4 TSI sips 6.3 litres.
There is a new dual clutch transmission (DSG) too available on most of the models. Depending on the engine torque, either a 6-speed or 7-speed DSG is used.
A new GTI model will make its appearance at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
- According to a VW spokesperson the Golf VI will arrive in SA in the middle of 2009.