Volkswagen will increase its diesel lineup in 2015 with the Golf GTD, its first performance-oriented diesel unit for the United States. The GTD has the same sports suspension as the gasoline-powered Golf GTI and is available as a two- and four-door hatchback. The Golf GTD is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine that provides up to 184 hp of output and 280 pounds-feet of torque.
According to VW, the Golf GTD could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in around 7 seconds and could return over 40 mpg on the highway. The car will employ urea to cut oxides of nitrogen, with the urea tank filled during change oils.
The VW Golf GTD will come as a variant of the seventh-generation Golf that will arrive in the US next summer.
VW sold 40,885 Golfs in 2012 in the US. VW is gaining headway for its diesel products in the US. The brand is right on track to sell 100,000 diesel vehicles in the US in 2013, reflecting a 10-percent jump over in 2012.
According to Andreas Valbuena, VW's product manager for the Golf, the GTD might carry a price of around $27,000 and would likely be a 2016 model. He said that the Golf GTD is a "very important part" of VW's full range of offerings as it serves as a technology halo for the carmaker's diesel technology.
VW expects the GTD to account for between 5 and 10 percent of Golf diesel sales. VW will launch the Golf GTD in Europe this summer.