2015 VW Golf Announced With Three Engines

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Grab your three wood and don your Tam o’Shanter because Volkswagen just revealed the North American version of its 7th generation Golf. This 2015 model is larger and roomier inside than its predecessor but lighter and more fuel efficient at the same time.

During the company’s press conference Jonathan Browning, President and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America said the Golf is “the essence of Volkswagen.” He also said “Every 7th car we sell is a Golf, and in Europe every 3rd car we sell is a Golf,” underscoring the importance of this global model.

The 2015 version is built on the company’s MQB (modular transverse matrix) architecture. It’s 2.2 inches longer and half an inch wider than today’s car. That results in a roomier back seat with 0.6 inches more legroom and 1.2 additional inches of shoulder space.

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Three different engines will be offered including a 1.8-liter direct-injection turbo four-cylinder that churns out 170 horespower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Manual and automatic transmissions will be offered with this powerplant. Stepping up, the company’s latest-generation 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel puts out 150 horsepower and that’s no put-down. Torque is a big rig-like 236 lb-ft. Like previous generations of the car, Golf GTIs receive a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo. Final output figures have yet to be released but preliminary estimates put it at 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A pair of six-speed transmissions is offered. Drivers can opt for a dual-clutch automatic or a trusty manual unit.

The Golf’s design is similar to previous models but subtly different. There’s a lot of sophistication to the forms. Walter de Silva, head of Volkswagen group design called it “a very elegant car,” but to be fair he’s probably a little bit biased.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf should roll onto dealership lots in the first half of next year. Pricing for the car has not been announced at this time.

GALLERY: 2015 Volkswagen Golf

GALLERY: 2015 Volkswagen Golf

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Perry F. Bruns Perry F. Bruns on Mar 29, 2013

    I can see where they might fit one in the front and one in the back, but where would they put the third one?