This week Volkswagen released a few more details about the upcoming Golf, whose TDI diesel variant will achieve 88 mpg, the highest-ever efficiency rating for a Golf. Just before the Sept. 4 debut of the new Golf, VW has confirmed that the 2013 car will go on sale at the end of this year, and will be longer and lighter than past models. As a direct result of design tweaks, the 2013 Golf will weigh about 220 pounds less than previous versions.
Though the 2013 VW Golf will have several design changes and engine upgrades compared to past models, there is a good deal of similarity between the 2013 and recent iterations. The video clip below takes us on a short test-drive of last year’s Golf, and provides a complete synopsis of the car’s abilities. For 2013, of course, fuel efficiency will be significantly better than any of the prior versions of the car.
Throughout the entire range of models for 2013, CO2 emissions have been cut by almost 14 percent. The clean diesel TDI Golf will be the most efficient, with the 88 mpg number expected to be a huge selling point with consumers. Volkswagen is getting plenty of use from its VW Group MQB platform, which shows up on the new Golf line, as well as in fresh faces VW Tiguan and Touran. Already, the popular platform is in use on the Audi A3.
For 2013, VW has made the Golf longer, lower, and wider than last year’s car, with a longer wheelbase as well. The company plans to provide the entire spec sheet on Sept. 4, and then show off an actual 2013 Golf at the Paris Motor Show on Sept. 27.
For more about all the new, clean-running cars coming from Volkswagen, see their official corporate website: