New York Auto Show: 2015 Vw Golf makes its North American debut

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 28, 2013

At the New York Auto Show, Volkswagen offered more information about the 2015 Golf and GTI that’s meant for the U.S. Once again, the compact hatchback lineup of VW will include three models: the base Golf, the environment-friendly Golf TDI diesel, and the GTI hot hatch. For the base Golf, the automaker took away the aging 2.5-liter I-5 and replaced it with an all-new 1.8-liter turbo-four for the Golf.

However, the Passat and Jetta continue to offer the 2.5. The new 1.8T has an output of 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The new four-banger has the same horsepower but has seven more lb-ft than the five-cylinder that’s on its way out. This new engine is lighter by eight pounds.

A new flexible, lightweight MQB platform is used on the 2015 Golf, implying that it will be more fuel-efficient than the existing car’s 23/33 mpg city/highway rating. VW didn’t say how many gears there are in the automatic and manual transmissions but it’s probable that the 2015 Golf will be available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. In addition, the Golf TDI gets a new powerplant.

But then, the new turbodiesel unit is also a 2.0-liter four-cylinder similar to that of the outgoing model. The new engine got a 10hp boost to 150 hp but it has the same torque of 236 lb-ft as the car last year. Volkswagen also revealed that the new diesel engine was modified to lower emissions and improved fuel economy. The transmission options will be maintained.

A six-speed manual will be standard while a six-speed dual-clutch will be an option. The lineup also includes the 2015 GTI, which received the biggest power increase of the group. The outgoing car has an output of only 200 hp and 207 lb-ft, which falls behind rivals. However, the 2015 model is powered by an all-new 2.0-liter turbo-four that delivers 220 hp and 258 lb-ft.

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