Volkswagen has officially revealed the 2013 Volkswagen Golf shortly after the release of several leaked images earlier today at a special press conference in Berlin, Germany. The seventh generation of the iconic hatchback moves the model decidedly more upmarket while at the same time retaining may of the traits seen in previous generation Golfs.
The slick exterior styling of the 2013 Golf was penned and created by Walter de Silva, who is leads Volkswagen design. The overall profile of the new Golf is much sleeker in appearance than the old car but remains true to the company’s current design language. The reworked front end of the 2013 Golf features new angular headlights and a slightly thinner grille which are both similar to the units found on the subcompact Polo model. The rear of the car features taillights that are longer than the units found on the current generation Golf as well as a sheet-metal crease on the hatch door to add an elegant touch to the overall design. In addition to the fore-mentioned styling touches, the rear will also feature a new italic word font for the engine emblem which will slowly work its way to the rest of Volkswagen’s lineup over the next several years.
The interior of the 2013 Golf continues the theme set by the exterior and is more of a refresh versus an outright redesign. Many touches such as the steering wheel, air vents, and instrument cluster will look familiar to current Golf owners, but the dashboard itself has received a welcome rethink, and is an improvement over the dated setup found in the current model. To make the cabin more driver oriented, Volkswagen designers have angled the center console closer to the driver and also equipped it with a new touchscreen which allows occupants to control the various features of the vehicle’s infotainment system.
In addition to the updates and revisions made to the exterior and interior of the 2013 Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen engineers made sure that outright performance did not get lost in the shuffle. All 2013 Golf models will be built around the company’s all-new MQB architecture, which is considerably cheaper to produce than the current Golf’s platform and also see service in future models from Seat, Skoda, and Audi. In addition to its lighter monetary impact, the MQB platform (which stands for Modularer Querbauksten) also shaves precious pounds off the car’s curb weight thanks to minor weight shedding techniques and a higher percentage of high strength steel which helps the new model weigh in 220 pounds lighter than the car it replaces. Volkswagen did not yet release powertrain specifications for U.S.-bound 2013 Golfs, but prior reports have suggested that the dated and noisy 2.5 liter in line five-cylinder could finally be shelved and replaced with a new 1.8 liter turbocharged four cylinder. All wheel drive and a revamped version of Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control will be available as optional equipment for those that want to inject a bit more performance into their purchase.
Look for the 2013 Volkswagen Golf to make its formal debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month with sales beginning here in the U.S. sometime in 2013. Stay tuned to Autosavant for more information about the 2013 Volkswagen Golf as it becomes available.