2014 Volkswagen Golf (MkVII) Spy Shots

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The current MkVI Volkswagen Golf has only been on sale for a couple of years but development on the next-generation of the popular compact is already in its deep stages.

These latest spy shots show a prototype of the new 'MkVII' Golf, revealing it will feature a wider stance than the current model but will also sit much lower.

The reason behind the short life-cycle planned for the outgoing MkVI is simple--the car essentially rides on a warmed-over MkV platform.

A three to four year cycle for a car is short by any standard, and this hastily planned shift reveals the defensive tack Volkswagen is taking with the Golf.

The new MkVII Golf will feature a clear emphasis on environmental cleanliness, a theme that will carry throughout the Golf lineup. Expect a range of four-cylinder gasoline and turbodiesel units, and possibly some three-cylinder units, although the latter is unlikely to be offered in the U.S.

Its platform, known internally as the MQB (Modular Querbaukaste--denoting small to mid-sized family cars with transverse engines), has been described by the automaker’s chief of development, Ulrich Hackenberg, as a major turning point for the Golf.

He previously explained that it will allow engineers to implement a much broader range of drivetrains, hinting at the possibility of alternative fuels playing a role in the next Golf. You may recall that Volkswagen is already conducting trials of an electric Golf, which is scheduled to go on sale in 2013. You can catch a first drive report of a prototype by clicking here.

Importantly, this same platform also underpins the latest-generation Audi A3, which recently went on sale in Europe and lands in the U.S. by the middle of next year as a 2014 model.

Production of the new MkVII Golf kicks off in August, with first sales to begin around the end of the year. Stay tuned for a world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.

Note, we also have spy shots of the MkVII GTI, which you can view by clicking here.
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Comments (11)
  1. I can,t wait 2 see the GTI and the R version of the mk7. I wonder if it,ll have the same 210hp/270hp?

  2. I am excited to see what they the next stage will look like, its interesting to hear that the golf6 will have such a short lifespan though.

  3. I am waiting to see it in Indian Market

  4. "....its interesting to hear that the golf6 will have such a short lifespan though"
    I think VW is taking this "Number 1 automaker in the world" thing seriously and plans to invest the money to do it.

  5. Bring it with the Twincharger engine

  6. Looks exactly the same to me... IMO the MKVI looks older than the MKV somehow. Needs a styling change.

  7. Hideous, it looks like a Honda... no VW should EVER look like a Honda!!!

  8. From appearances, it may be morphing into a latter-day Honda. I can't say that I'm keen on the new look. The images do not support the commentary i.e., the car does not look more aggressive and sporty. It looks a bit more aerodynamic, but hardly presents a compelling presence. Perhaps VW should derive inspiration from the 2006 Renault Clio Sport V6. That's the aesthetic aspect. The mechanicals will obviously enjoy a desirable uptick, but regrettably fall short of the bench mark Gold R32. It would be nice to see VW offer a performance upgraded TDI beyond slapping on a few decals as it had done in 2010.

  9. What type of 4 cylinder engines are we talking about for North America?

  10. Hi Bobby,

    It's still too early to confirm but most likely a 2.0-liter turbo unit will remain in the GTI, while the base Golf may feature an engine as small as 1.6 liters and turbocharged.

    Hope this helps.

  11. Thanks Viknesh,
    Really curious to seeing something other the standard 2.5l/tdi/2.0t from VW considering the euro golf has like 6 engine choices on the base model!

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