Paris 2012: Volkswagen Golf VII [Live Photos]
The end result will be forever know simply as the Golf VII, a car that’s 220 pounds (100 kg) lighter than the outgoing model. This is largely down to the MQB modular chassis, which uses high-streanght steel to make it stiffer while cutting weight.
In Europe, the Golf VII will be launched with an engine range that includes a 1.2-liter TSI delivering 85 hp and returning an efficiency of 4.9 liters per 100 km (48 US mpg), followed by a 1.4-liter TSI which uses cylinder deactivation and delivers 140 hp, returning 4.8l/100 km (49 US mpg) and emitting 112g CO2/ km. There’s a strong possibility that the US version will come with a 1.8-liter turbo instead of a 2.5-liter base motor.
The old-burning range starts with a 105 hp TDI unit with an efficiency of 3.8 l/100 km (61.9 mpg US), followed by a 150 hp TDI powerplant that averages 4.1l/100 km (57.4 US mpg) with CO2 emissions of 85 g/km.
Standard safety systems include a multi-collision brake system, which slams the brakes if you crash into something so you don’t slam into something else, and PreCrash, which tightens the seatbelts and closes the windows in the event of an accident.
The new Golf will go on sale this October starting in Germany, where it will be priced from €16,975.
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