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2014 Volkswagen Golf (MkVII) Spy Shots

 
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2014 Volkswagen Golf (MkVII) spy shots

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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  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?
     
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  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.
     
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  3. I am waiting to see it in Indian Market
     
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  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.
     
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  5. Bring it with the Twincharger engine
     
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  6. Looks exactly the same to me... IMO the MKVI looks older than the MKV somehow. Needs a styling change.
     
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  7. Hideous, it looks like a Honda... no VW should EVER look like a Honda!!!
     
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  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.
     
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  9. What type of 4 cylinder engines are we talking about for North America?
     
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  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.
     
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  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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