Volkswagen is counting down to the unveiling of its Golf MKVII model, and the German automaker kicked off the celebration with a presentation to the media showing off some of the new, important features of the seventh-generation Golf.
Unfortunately we’re still left with a teaser sketch of the model, under a car cover no less, but the 2014 Golf will be the first vehicle released on the new MQB platform, and the best view we’ve gotten are from spy photos earliest this year. The automaker did share some images of the car being built at its factories.
Many of the highlights from the presentation revolved around previous Golf models and how the MKVII has evolved based on its predecessors. It is more likely that the Golf will go on sale in America next year as a 2014 model. Known improvements to the new Golf are that it’ll be lighter than the previous generation – about 220 lbs lighter. This is despite its larger size and roomier interior.
Also detailed are a long list of new features, though it’s not clear if all of them will make it into the US-spec Golf. Included on the list are items like fatigue detection, an auto brake feature, lane assist, adaptive cruise control, cylinder deactivation and adjustable driving profiles.
The new car also promises to be more spacious, being roughly an inch longer with a two-inch longer wheelbase.
It will be officially unveiled at a special event in Berlin on September 4th, with its official public debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. It will be available in Europe later this year, but won’t make it to other markets until 2013.
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