Ladies and gentlemen, your new Volkswagen Golf has arrived. The next generation of Volkswagen's best-selling car debuted at a press conference today in Berlin, Germany. According to Volkswagen, the new Golf offers "more features, even better safety, and more performance." You know, the usual.

One item particularly of note is the fact that this Golf is 220 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, through a holistic diet (and new MQB architecture) that shaves weight in places as minute as the wiring and air conditioning. The use of high-strength steel has gone up by 28 percent, as well, compared with just six percent before.

The Golf you see here is the European-spec model, so in addition to perhaps different-colored indicators and the lack of a Euro-spec license plate, its unclear whether or not U.S. customers will see the new 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four found underhood. Little has been said regarding U.S.-spec powertrains, though earlier reports have stated that the aging 2.5-liter inline-five will be swapped out in favor of a 1.8-liter turbocharged four.

Still, we don't yet have any official word yet on pricing, availability, or the confirmation of the above drivetrain speculation. We will bring you that information as soon it becomes available. For now, scroll down to read Volkswagen's initial press release.
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First official images of VW's best-selling car-and the first model off the new MQB architecture.

Herndon, VA - Volkswagen today unveiled the new Golf, its best-selling car, at a press conference in Berlin, Germany. This seventh-generation version of one of the world's most popular cars is striking in that it offers more features, even better safety, and more performance than the outgoing vehicle, while breaking the cycle of being heavier than its predecessor.

Overcoming the weight spiral

Indeed, the latest Golf is up to 220 pounds lighter than the outgoing car, thanks to careful focus on weight savings in all aspects of the car's construction, from the electrical architecture through to the engines and the body-in-white. The air conditioning unit is, for example, six pounds lighter than the old car's; the seats have shed 15 pounds; and the body-in-white is 51 pounds lighter. One major reason for the bodyshell's weight loss is the extensive use of high- and ultra-high strength steels. The share of the high-strength steels overall has gone from 66 percent in the previous Golf to 80 percent in the new one. Of this, the share of ultra-high-strength steel has gone from six to 28 percent.

Better fuel efficiency

One benefit of lowering the Golf's weight is better fuel economy: the European-market 1.4 TSI® that uses a 140-horsepower, turbocharged, 1.4-liter engine fitted with cylinder de-activation gets a European Cycle combined fuel consumption figure of 49 mpg, while the base 105-horsepower TDI® Clean Diesel engine delivers 62 mpg on the EC combined cycle.

Longer, lower, wider

The new Golf is 2.2 inches longer than the old car, with an overall length of 167.5 inches. Similarly, the wheelbase has grown by 2.3 inches to 103.8 inches. Since the front wheels are now located 1.7 inches further forward, the proportions are sportier, the crash structure is improved, and the interior package further optimized. The new car is 0.8 inches lower and 0.5 inches wider than the old car.

Improved interior

The new Golf is more spacious, with a passenger compartment that is 0.6 inches longer than before, giving 0.6 inches more rear kneeroom. Shoulder room is improved by 1.2 inches in both the back and front of the car. Cargo capacity has also been enhanced, while the load area is more accessible.

A key feature of the interior is a new infotainment system, which incorporates a five-inch touchscreen, even on entry-level European models. At the top end, the Golf features a navigation system which has a large, eight-inch touchscreen.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      And if history is any guide, we should see this in the states in about two and a half years.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very nice. Subtle but handsome evolution of a classic design that will age well like most of their products. While I'm not happy with what VW has done for it's NA-based cars lately, this shows it can still do good design.
        • 2 Years Ago
        It is a good design--not faddish and some good detailing too. Note the fuel filler lid shape which uses the styling theme of the model's profile. No circular (cheaper) round filler here. Even the headlamp washer carries that shape. Mirrors are off the A-pillar, good wind noise fighter and doesn't block driver's vision at pedestrian crosswalks. Now, if they can get their reliability in line...
          • 2 Years Ago
          Everything I've read says they got their reliability in line around 2008. Excepting, of course, comments on blogs. ;)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never been a fan of the golf but I HIGHLY respect it. This new model is really clean and modern. On top of that, the interior looks absolutely STUNNING! Keep it up VW!
      • 2 Years Ago
      for some reason ive been having trouble adjusting to the change ever since MK5 generation. 6 months into release the Mk6 finally grew on me. expecting the same thing to happen here.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want 62mpg diesel.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Good luck we will never see that with our EPA laws.
          • 2 Years Ago
          No, actually we do have that already. The 2.0L TDI is rated at 62.8mpg highway for the 2.0L TDI w/ DSG ( extra-urban in Euro-speak) while it's rated at 42mpg here. Same engine, same transmission, same tune, just different testing procedures. Try not to get too caught up in the overinflated mileage figures you see for European cars, there are many reasons for the discrepancies.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @trzjax You're welcome.
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as they continue to offer this car with a diesel, it'll always be a good seller for people concerned with A to B and with enthusiasts alike.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love how the base Golf weighs 2315lbs, over 500lbs less than the base US Focus (2950 lbs)!
        • 2 Years Ago
        Where are you getting those numbers from? I don't see any absolute weights listed in the press release. 2315 sounds suspiciously light to me. Golfs used to be on the heavy end of the spectrum. According to Yahoo Autos, the current base Golf weighs 2967 lbs.
          • 2 Years Ago
          AUTOCAR magazine:
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      This car will be in the 2700 lbs. range. Not bad at all. Not a fan of the design. It's not ugly, but it doesn't get my juices flowing either. I think VW is trying to take a "product design" approach similar to what Apple does, with minimalistic yet sleek and elegant designs. The problem is, that style only works with gadgets and appliances. But it doesn't work with cars, as the car will just look boring, as is the case with VW and even Audi is in danger of becoming like that.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks pretty nice. Hope rumors about the IRS in non-GTI and R model being scrapped in favor of a torsion beam aren't true. Torsion beams suck.
        • 2 Years Ago
        My guess is that will be for cars sold in lesser markets, they did say lower-end models. Remember this car is sold all over the World and not all of the World recives the higher-end versions. The US has always recieved the better versions of the Golf (closer to Euro-spec) and VW has stated that they will continue with that for the future and that the US-spec Golf would not recieve the same budgeting cuts that the Jetta and Passat recieved.
      • 2 Years Ago
      First off, I've NEVER been a fan of the Golf. I do respect it though. But I'm really surprised to see so few people commenting on what everyone has seemed to complain about this car: It's weight! Credit where credit is due: Drop the weight, Thumbs up! Styling? Well, looks like a Golf to me! lol
      • 2 Years Ago
      We better be able to get leather in the US release of this or the GTI/GTD(if we get that).
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