German carmaker Volkswagen developed the first Golf 36 years ago and after 29 million units sold, the specialists have decided to offer the new 2013 VW Golf 5-door hatchback. Nothing is for sure yet, but it will probably be sold as a 2014 models in North America. The model has been officially revealed at a special event that took place in Berlin, Germany, on yesterday. The new Golf measures 4.255 mm in length, so it is actually 56 mm longer than its predecessor and it also has a longer wheelbase measuring 2.637 mm. The engineers hope to create a 10% improvement in the drag co-efficient.
The model offers more leg room and the front shoulder room is also improved by 31 mm and elbow room by 22 mm. Feel free to travel as much as you want and for as long as you want, because the new Golf has a 30 liters bigger luggage compartment. The front passenger seats can be optionally folded fully forward. In terms of interior, the model borrows a lot of elements from the previous Mk6 Golf, but the center console suffered the most visible change.
Other new elements provided by the carmaker include the touch-screen systems, new electronic parking brake and a lot more. This is the first time the compartment under the center armrest optionally includes a universal phone holder with inductive aerial in a Volkswagen model. When it comes to safety, the engineers have provided a multi-collision brake system, the PreCrash system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and so on. In terms of power train, the new 2012 Volkswagen Golf hatch is available with a variety of drive trains. To send the output to the wheels, the model uses a 6-speed manual transmission or 6- and 7-speed dual clutch DSG units.
The engines available are the 1.2-liter TSI petrol capable of developing 84 horsepower, followed by a 1.4-liter TSI unit with Active Cylinder Technology capable of producing 138 horsepower. The diesel options are a 1.6-liter with an output that reaches 104 horsepower and a 2.0-liter capable of producing 148 horsepower. The 5-door hatch will be joined by a 3-door version.
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