The spyshots of the seventh generation model reveal a wider stance than the current generation, together with a lowered suspension and a couple of big exhausts at the back. It will share the MQB (Modular Querbaukaste for small cars with transverse engines) architecture with the new Audi A3, so we can expect substantial weight reduction. What we are most likely looking at the GTI hot hatch version in a 3-door configuration (judging by the wheels and brakes), but there will also be a five-door version of the same car.
Our dedicated photographers say the car was out and about testing on US roads together with the Audi S3 that was used as a benchmark.
The Mk VII Golf has been described by the automaker’s chief of development, Ulrich Hackenberg, as a significant turning point for the Golf. It will bring clear emphasis on the environmental side of things, and there is talk of new three-cylinder engines being introduced to offer ever greater efficiency.
Volkswagen is also testing an electric Golf right now, and we should see that model entering production in 2013.
The Mk VII Golf will enter production in August next year, with first deliveries to take place at the end of 2012.