Mike Stevens | May 22, 2012

Volkswagen's next-generation Golf hatch has been spied testing again this week, rolling out of Winter's cooler air and into Europe's warmer mid-year months.

The all-new 2013 Golf hatch, seventh in a line that stretches back to the early 70s, will make its global debut at August's Paris Motor Show.

For now, the German giant has revealed details of the new car's 'MQB' platform, along with a few hints on the names and capabilities of its new powertrains.

It's already known that the MQB platform and new construction techniques will make the new Golf much lighter than its predecessor, and the smaller Mark IV of the late 90s has been mooted as the VII's goal weight.

As for the hero GTI, Britain's Car magazine reports that we can expect a version of the existing 2.0 litre turbo engine to provide power, boosted to around 161kW and 350Nm.

That's a modest power boost, but a significant smack of extra torque.

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These latest figures follow a report earlier this year which claimed a brand-new 195kW 2.0 litre engine would drive the GTI, making room for a new all-wheel-drive Golf R delivering around 220kW.

Still, bolted into a new and lighter platform, the 161kW enhanced engine will get a better deal than it might otherwise appear, and a 0-100km/h time around 6.6 or 6.7 seconds should be in reach. (The current model lists a 6.9 second time.)

Convenience features available with the new Golf will reportedly include an eight-inch touchscreen, while its safety package will include the latest range of up-spec features: adaptive cruise control, fatigue detection, all-round sensors and the latest generation of the Park Assist system.


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