Next-generation Vw Golf GTI Concept coming to the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on August 23, 2012

The next-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI will be shown in concept form at the Paris Motor Show, and the seventh-generation Golf will be much bigger and more spacious than the present car, according to Autocar. The new Golf will start production this month in Germany. The new Volkswagen GTI will start selling next spring in Europe. On its Paris debut, it will most likely be displayed as a concept instead of as a full production car.

Fans are eagerly waiting for the GTI’s arrival since it is one of the benchmarks for enjoyable cars in its segment. The hot hatch will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, which has an output of between 222 and 260 hp. Its power will be distributed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The weight of all seventh-generation Golf models is lower by at least 220 pounds when compared to the current car. This would mean that the new GTI would offer an excellent performance. More high-strength steel is used in the body, making it lighter than the sixth-gen Golf by 51 pounds. About 57 pounds is taken off with the use of aluminum suspension components. The redesigned electronics and seats shave off 26 pounds more.

All these result to the curb weight of the base Golf decreasing to as low as 2300 pounds. What’s even more amazing is that the Golf is lighter even as its size has increased considerably.

The new car is built on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, which may be extended or shrunk to accommodate different vehicles on one common chassis. This would then save both development and production costs. It has been reported that the seventh-generation Golf will be longer by a few inches to 167.5 inches. It will measure 57.2 inches tall and have a width of 70.8 inches. It’s still slightly smaller than the Ford Focus hatchback, which has a length of 171.6 inches, a width of 71.8 inches, and a height of 57.7 inches.

The all-new Volkswagen Golf has been unveiled in Berlin, 36 years after the original model redefined the small family car. The seventh generation VW Golf builds on the success of its predecessors, of which over 29 million have been sold, bringing new levels of comfort, practicality, safety and efficiency to the class.

Despite offering more room for passengers and more advanced technological features than ever before, new production techniques contribute to the Volkswagen Golf Mk VII by being up to 100 kg lighter than the car it replaces, helping to make it up to 23 per cent more efficient than before. On top of this, the new Golf is also safer than ever, thanks not just to a stronger body structure (which is also 23 kg lighter) but also to a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems.

New Volkswagen Golf is built on the so-called MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix. This standardises many vehicle component parameters across brands and vehicle classes, and allows access to new powertrains and technologies, including innovations in the areas of safety and infotainment, which until now were reserved for vehicles in higher segments.

At 4,255 mm long, the new Volkswagen Golf is 56 mm longer than its predecessor, with a 59 mm longer wheelbase of 2,637 mm. The front wheels are 43 mm further forward, helping to generate more interior space, while the Golf is also 13 mm wider, at 1,799 mm, and 28 mm lower, at 1,452 mm. This helps to create a 10 per cent improvement in the drag co-efficient, which is now 0.27 Cd.

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