September 4th 2012 – Golf Day
There’s going to be a big Golf event in Berlin on September 4th, only it’s got nothing to do with the PGA and Tiger Woods won’t be attending.
According to Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, a German news publication, the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf will be appearing at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie to celebrate its world première.
A new Golf is always big news in the motoring world. It’s hugely important for Volkswagen as its one of their most popular models and the Golf is frequently considered a benchmark car by rival manufacturers. The likes of Ford and Vauxhall will be nervously watching the news from Berlin.
It’s highly unlikely that there will be any big shocks in store when we finally get to see this all-new Golf. We know that it shares the same MQB platform as the new Audi A3 and the upcoming SEAT Leon. The same TDI and TSI engines will feature, although its believed that the 1.2 TSI and 1.4 TSI petrol engines will use Volkswagen’s new cylinder deactivation technology (ACT) as showcased in the Polo BlueGT. There are even plans for a hybrid Golf and an all-electric version in the not-too-distance future.
Expect the interior to continue the trend of high quality and functional design, with the odd touch of ambient lighting here and there. There will undoubtedly be advanced multimedia systems available, an area that’s really catching on in the automotive industry as customers move to smart phones and music devices.
There will, of course, be a GTI model following a year or so after the initial launch. Rumours suggest it will still be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine but don’t expect Volkswagen to go chasing rival manufacturers by giving the GTI big horsepower figures. That role will be filled by another all-wheel drive R model, also tipped to join the Mk7 range.
So keep your eyes and ears open on September 4th for the first official images and details of the Mk7 Golf. Then, just over three weeks later, it will be making its first public appearance at the Paris Motor Show. It’s going to be a big month for Golf fans, and there won’t be a pitching wedge in site.