From March 29 through April from 7 at the New York International Auto Show VW reveals the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf, known as the Volkswagen Golf VII GTI. It will go on sale in the U.S. as a 2015 model despite the fact that the car can be bought from 2014. It will be manufactured at Volkswagen's Puebla, Mexico factory.
Like the European version the U.S model is bigger and roomier than the previous Golf and it's also lighter thanks to the extensive use of high- and ultra-high strength steels and with that saves also more fuel. The space in the Volkswagen Golf VII and GTI has increased due to new length numbers like 2.2 inches longer and 0.5 inches wider than models they replace. Aerodynamic has been improved comparing the Golf A6 by lowering the car with 1.1 inches.
The Volkswagen Golf VII / GTI VII will be fitted with three engine types. First one is the 1.8-liter engine that delivers 170 horsepower (127 kW) and 184 pound-feet of torque (250 Nm) and these come to significantly fuel economy savings. The torque is now delivered lower in the engine speed range. The 1.8-liter engine can be mated to a manual or an automatic transmission. The gasoline engines will be manufactured in Silao, Mexico.
The TDI Clean Diesel model has a common-rail, direct-injection four-cylinder engine that makes 150 horsepower (112 kW) with an increase of 10 hp over the current engine and 236 pound-feet of torque (320 Nm). As the Clean name suggests the Diesel engine has a lot of changes in order to help reduce emissions. The most important are a complex exhaust gas recirculation system (with a cooled low-pressure AGR), packaging the exhaust after-treatment components close to the engine and integration of the intercooler with the intake manifold.
Finally, the last engine is also the most powerful one. The GTI version has an upgraded version of 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine. The final horsepower and torque figures have not been delivered, but the numbers are figured to be about 210 hp (156 kW) and 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). Like the current GTI, the engine will drive the front wheels linked to a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmission. The Performance Pack will be offered in the near future.
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