Volkswagen Golf GTD Under Consideration for US Sales


Can a hot hatch also be a diesel? They certainly think so in Germany and an increasing acceptance of diesel-powered cars could see such a model on our shores in the near future.

According to a new report, Volkswagen is considering bringing the Golf GTD to North America when the next-generation of the iconic hatchback arrives in 2013. The GTD model is in many ways identical to the GTI hot hatch, though instead of a the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 200 hp, it features a small diesel engine that produces 170 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

While no decision has been made on the GTD model for our shores, the new MKVII Golf will arrive in the Fall of 2013, six months after it goes on sale in Europe. Thankfully, however, we won’t have to wait for the next-gen GTI, which will also launch in the Fall, simultaneously in both Europe and North America. Look for that car to deliver as much as 260 hp, with less weight and a new limited slip differential designed to deliver maximum road-holding performance.

[Source: Car & Driver]