Car and Driver has begun assembling pieces of fact and hypothesis to come up with a picture of the next-generation MkVII Volkswagen Golf. Word is that a larger, edgier, lower and wider evolution of the bread-and-butter hatch will show up earlier than planned in order to make a better case for itself against an upmarket Polo and to take advantage of cost savings.

The savings will come from the use of VW Group's new modular platform, which could eventually be a workhorse for 60 different models throughout the company's various brands. That would eliminate 16 of the current platforms it needs to use. Sixty might seem like a large number at first, but the new Golf is being prepped to fit new powerplants including electric and Twin Drive, and that will quickly add branches to the family tree.

The interior will be replete with tech as well, with "higher-quality materials" joining an eight-inch touchscreen with iPad-like operability that controls navigation, audio, and Internet access. We've seen a prototype of VW's GLORIA touchscreen system and it should be impressive. A note of caution, though: C/D starts the piece off with the note that VW CEO Martin Winterkorn wants to make VW bigger than Toyota. All we'll say is we know what happened when Toyota wanted the top spot, so please, VW be careful.

[Source: Car and Driver]