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 |  Feb 23 2012, 2:01 PM


The 2013 Volkswagen Golf Mk7 will be the first vehicle released on VW’s all new MQB platform, with a host of others to follow. Our spy photos of the car still don’t reveal any real styling details, but show off the shape and size of the newest generation VW.

The Golf will come with a wide range of powertrain options, with plug-in hybrid, gasoline and diesel engines all finding their way under the hood. The base model will receive a 1.4L four cylinder turbo engine capable of squeezing out 138 hp. There will also be 1.8L and 2.0L  gas engines available. There will be two diesel options, a 2.0L producing 181-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque as well as a twin-turbo diesel with an output of 220 hp. The Golf GTI will reportedly get a 260 hp 2.0 liter turbo, making it a seriously sporty hot hatch.

The MQB platform uses aluminum construction to help the new Golf shed some serious weight for the 2013 redesign. Some new technological toys will be outfitted in the new VW as well, including  an eight inch iPad style infotainment screen that includes adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue detection and even 360 degree parking sensors with semi-autonomous capability.

The new Golf will bow at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.

GALLERY: 2013 Volkswagen Golf