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 |  May 19 2010, 8:18 AM

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Compared to Volkswagen‘s MkV Golf platform, the current MkVI is really more of a a large update than an all-new model – particularly in North America where some of the more exciting new items found in European models aren’t even offered. That is set to change for the MkVII (seventh-generation) model, however, with AutoExpress reporting an all-new, light weight platform, with design inspiration from the New Compact Coupe (above). The seventh-gen Golf will also spawn numerous models with obvious and obligatory three-door and five-door hatchbacks, as well as a wagon, a cabriolet and a four-door coupe.

As for engines a new line of turbocharged motors is expected, with 1.2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinders in Europe. Turbo 3-cylinders are also planned, with diesels that can achieve as much as 80-mpg. Both hybrid and electric models will also be a part of Volkswagen’s plan. And of course we can expect high-performance GTI, GTD and AWD Golf R models.

With the current MkVI still relatively new on the market, the next generation car isn’t due out until 2012 or at least 2013 in North America.

[Source: AutoExpress]