The seventh generation of the VW Golf made it’s first appearance in North America this week at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Despite being 2.2 inches longer and 0.5 inches wider, the new hatchback sheds 51 pounds through the use of high and ultra high strength steels.
The 2015 Golf will remain available in three offerings. The base model gets a new 1.8 liter turbocharged four cylinder that provides the same horsepower as the old naturally aspirated 2.5-liter five-cylinder while weighing less and providing improved gas mileage. The base Golf will come available with a six speed manual or automatic. The Golf TDI gets a new 2.0-liter common-rail, turbocharged, direct-injection diesel engine. And the sporty GTI will come equipped with a revised version of the TSI 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder estimated at 210hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Both TDI and GTI models are still available with either a six speed manual or Volkswagen’s six speed DSG gearbox.
Volkswagen claims the new Golf and GTI will go on sale as a 2015 model, but doesn’t say when the car will actually hit dealerships.