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

Article by Christian A., 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.

For almost 4 decades, the Volkswagen Golf has set the standards for the small family car. Since its introduction to the market 36 years ago in Berlin, the Volkswagen Golf has come to define the essence of this car segment and has established itself as the gold standard for the small family car segment.

With a strong brand name that has resulted in 29 million units sold since its inception, the Volkswagen Golf has obviously earned the trust of the automotive industry. This time, it seeks to further enhance its legacy of efficiency, comfort, safety, and practicality by introducing the all-new Volkswagen Golf that features a number of upgrades compared to its predecessor.

The new Volkswagen Golf is founded on a platform known as MQB or the Modularer Querbaukasten or the Modern Transverse Matrix. This platform introduces innovations in safety and infotainment which in the past was only available in vehicles belonging to a higher segment. The Modern Transverse Matrix is also a platform that ensures uniformity of standards across classes, component parameters, and brands of Volkswagen vehicles.

Walter de Silva, Head of Design for Volkswagen AG, says that the success of the Golf is in its continuity in look and character, despite the many upgrades and refinements in its technology and design. This is evident in the new Volkswagen Golf. Despite some changes in its body structure and dimensions, the car even at first glance is unmistakably a Golf. The body is now 23 kg lighter compared to the previous model. The dimensions have also been enhanced to help improve the drag co-efficient and room space for both driver and passengers. The new Volkswagen Golf has a wheelbase measuring 2,637 mm. The new Golf now measures 4,255 mm long, 1,799 mm wide, and 1,452 mm high.

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