New VW Golf: Evolution not revolution
Hackenberg, speaking at Detroit motor show, admitted that the Golf MK7 will have a longer and wider wheelbase and a lower roofline to give it more interior space, but also 'sportier' proportions.
The next Golf will be an evolutionary design. A radical new look is ‘not possible for a Golf’ said Hackenberg.
Golf buyers can expect a high-quality cabin with a 'sportier look' and lots of new materials designed to heighten perceived quality. However, Hackenberg was quick to point out that it wouldn’t move too far away from a traditional VW look: ‘Volkswagen doesn’t do flashy,’ he said.
The radical work may be reserved for the engineering though. A turbocharged version of the new Up’s three-cylinder engine is likely to be the entry-level motor, possibly with some hybrid electric assistance. There will also be a full electric version coming in 2013, previewed by the E-Bugster show car in Detroit. A plug-in hybrid version will also be available.
The Golf will be made using the VW Group’s new MQB platform – which will also underpin the all-new Audi A3, due to be shown at the Geneva motor show in March.