Last we heard, Volkswagen was reportedly pushing forward the development of its seventh-generation (read: MkVII) Golf hatchback, with the final car being ready for public consumption as early as the end of next year. Our spy photographers recently caught this heavily camouflaged prototype for the new global hatch out testing, and though there's plenty of unknown details, it doesn't appear that the Golf formula has changed too much. (We aren't complaining.)

The size and shape of the five-door hatch looks to be nearly the same as the sixth-generation Golf that we've known and loved since its debut in 2009, but what lies under the hood will surely be different. In addition to the Blue-e-motion model that we've had the chance to sample in sixth-gen skin, new reports suggest that the not-so-great 2.5-liter inline-five base engine will be swapped out in favor of a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four. Good deal.

If the Golf is still on schedule to hit the streets at the end of next year, expect to see it show up somewhere in the 2012 auto show circuit.


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      David Elliston
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am waiting for the VW TDI pickup to show up. Does anyone know when that will happen?
      MyerShift
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay new Golf 1.8T as long as it isn't new Jetta cheap for us in the U.S.
      Babs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get rid of those Kia Optima Wheels before production.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Golf drives far better than the Civic.
        Bob
        • 3 Years Ago
        Appliance? That sounds more like the bread and butter of Toyota. Corollas, Camrys, RAV4s. Cars that get you from point A to point B but are otherwise soul-less. You couldn't make a RAV4 exciting if you stuffed the trunk with 300 lbs. of cocaine and filled the seats with strippers while setting the navigator destination to Vegas. And Lancers aren't that reliable, got stuck at the airport for three hours because my cousin's broke down on the highway after only 15K miles. Happy holidays! Oh and btw, after browsing thru the site I know you hate everything not japanese so what do you have to say that the Mazda 3 is based on Ford's C1 platform that is common to the ford focus you called a POS?
        Carlos Cruz
        • 3 Years Ago
        Damn dude, did someone from VW's board rape you? Every damn post, every one... I don't like Asian cars, but I don't hate them. While earlier today I was admiring the Toyo/Subaru Coupe. Why cant we come together and hate the ones that need hating; Ford, Chrysler and GM?
          Miguro Takahashi
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Carlos Cruz
          Dude Carlos get used to this kid, he's a straight hater. And he hates everyone that has differences with him. So the fact that you have friends probably means he won't like you much.
        Matthew Simmons
        • 3 Years Ago
        I drove the Lancer Evo before I bought my GTI. The Lancer was fun and had a lot of grunt but the interior is a joke for the price, the ride too damn hard, and the seats are possibly the most uncomfortable seats I have ever sat in. They do have a Recaro badge on them but if you don't wear skinny jeans the seats are extremely narrow and you will likely not fit in them. The GTI was a compromise between the better quality interior and a slightly softer ride however it's still a blast to drive. I also disagree with your unreliable European appliance comment. I have always read European especially German cars were know for their reliability and quality. I must be wrong though.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spot-the-difference fest for VW-fanboys commences in one, two...
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      My suggestions to VW 1) Build it in NA to decrease the price. Price should be around $17k for base 2) Keep both the 3 door and 5 door 3) Keep the interior and driving dynamics competitive 4)Turn the 1.8 liter into an inline 5. The i5 has always had that je ne sais quoi about it that makes the engine special. 5) Base engine should be NA 1.9 with around 160 hp, GTI should have a turbo 1.8 with 220 hp. Diesel 2.0 should be an option. 6) Make the next Golf R a V6. I always loved VW for putting V6s in their hot compacts when everyone was fixated on NA 4s.
        krische
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I've heard some rumors of the next R being a detuned version of the 2.5T in the Audi RS3 and TT-RS.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        *FI 4s.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        A USA-made model has typically been modified to fit the US market, which in the past meant watered-down driving dynamics, mushy suspension, compromised seats, over-boosted steering, and auto transmission. I think if your no, 1 happens, no. 3 will not.
        Nick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        ...and VW just made the Golf R a turbo-4 for many reasons. 1) The gains in production efficiency (one of only 2 models that still used the old 3.2 VR6 at that point) 2) substantial gains in fuel efficiency ( smaller, newer motor; weighing far less) 3) more substantial gains in performance, increased power and decreased weight, 3.5) not to mention more affordable or cost-effective aftermarket power gain potential (turbo) 4) BETTER handling dynamics and weight distribution due to lower engine weight sitting in the front subframe... 5) I could probably ramble on.. haha THE POINT IS... all of these collectively far outweighed any loss in character, in fact, in the eyes of most enthusiasts, equal substantial gain in character. VR6 = likely gone for good; ... unless in the future they decide to develop a new, very small (2.0-2.5 liter) with DI and a turbo; and again, NOT probable from recent reports it is far more likely that we will see a DIESEL Golf R than another VR6 in the future...
      Mario
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like more of the same design from years ago!
      Mark UK
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks more like a Golf Plus to me, the roof line seems to high to be a regular Golf. Looking forward to seeing it undisguised. I am a Golf fan btw. As another poster has said, it's a shame North American (NA) customers get watered down, badly equipped VW's, instead of the high spec, high quality Euro models. Even the NA cars interiors are made of cheap and nasty plastics compared to Euro cars. If memory serves me right I read somewhere that VW want to improve the N.A spec and go up market and thus increase profitability, lets hope that happens, maybe then NA will finally understand why VW are so highly coveted here in the E.U . M.
        thevwhippie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark UK
        See this is a guy who sees refinement in his german automobile, unlike our sheepish friend Dayv.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this really necessary? Didn't the last 'generation' golf come out three years ago?
        DooMMasteR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        as said the 6 was only a refresch, the 7 is a whole new car and thusly it is needed, as the 6 is more or less a 5er and originates back in 2003, over 9years old when the MkVII will be released
        jrwgti17
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        yes it did, but it was basically a refresh of mk5
          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jrwgti17
          Which is why the second refresh of the MKV confuses me.
        jrwgti17
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        but it lookes like this mk7 has a mk6 body on it, the I hear the car is supposed to be pretty well all new
      mkenjalo
      • 3 Years Ago
      A little too soon, isn't it? Golfs tend to last a bit more than only two model years...
        mkenjalo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mkenjalo
        Perhaps what's in the photos is the next Golf Plus instead.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      What? Already?
        krische
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Redline
        Well the MK6 started out as a MY 2009 in Europe. So figuring this will be a MY 2013, that's four years. I thought I remember hearing that the MK6 wasn't supposed to be a long term golf. After all, there wasn't much that changed between the MK5 and the MK6.
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