Volkswagen’s sixth-generation Golf, the latest iteration of the carmaker’s most successful model to date (with more than 26 million sold), has been revealed ahead of its world debut planned for October’s Paris Motor Show. The European market launch will begin that same month, and following in succession will be Africa, Asia, Australia and North America.

A new engine lineup and increased availability of DSG dual-clutch transmission technologies lower fuel consumption by up to 28% in some models, and the entire range – both petrol and diesel - satisfy the limits of the future EU-5 standard.

The petrol engines are now more efficient than ever, with four variants available on debut. They include outputs of 80hp (60kW), 100hp (75kW), 122hp (90kW) and 160hp (118kW). The latter two engines utilize VW’s TSI design with both a turbo and supercharger present. Fuel economy for the base engine is rated at 36.75mpg (6.4L/100km), while the more powerful 1.4L TSI unit with 160hp is rated at a more economical 37.33mpg (6.3L/100km).

Diesel fans will be treated with several engine options, including two 2.0L units at launch developing 110hp (81kW) and 140hp (103kW) respectively. Fuel economy for the 110hp entry-level diesel is rated at 52mpg (4.5L/100km) and the more powerful 140hp unit is rated at 48mpg (4.9L/100km).

With the exception of the entry-level versions, all petrol and diesel engines can be paired with a DSG transmission. Depending on the engine torque, either a 6-speed or 7-speed DSG is used.

The new interior sees the Golf range move further upmarket in terms of quality, with refined surfaces, brushed chrome accents and round instruments derived directly from those of the Passat CC. A special damping film in the windshield also reduces driving noises, as does the newly developed seal concept for the doors and side window guides. The new shape of the outside mirrors also significantly reduces wind noise, as does the increased sound-proofing between the engine and cabin.

Safety has also been given a leg up thanks to a new ESP system, with finer response over its control range, further optimized crash properties, seven airbags including knee airbags, active head restraints, daytime running lights and rear seatbelt detectors.

Assistance systems such as Automatic Distance Control, Adaptive Chassis Control and Park Steering Assistance are also available on the new Golf range, further distinguishing it from the regular econo hatch field.

The entry price for the German market is around €16,500 ($24,780), €200 ($309) more than the current model. VW officials have also confirmed that all versions of the car, both left and right-hand-drive models at its hometown plant in Wolfsburg, Germany.