VOLKSWAGEN WILL OFFER the next generation Golf VII in both hybrid and electric form, if a report in the British press this week is to be believed.
Speaking with UK magazine Autocar at the LA Motor Show, Volkswagen's research and development chief Ulrich Hackenberg reportedly confirmed the Golf VII's alternative powertrains.
"We?re looking at a hybrid version of a compact car for Europe and it will come on the next Golf, and an EV version," Autocar quoted Mr Hackenberg as saying.
The R&D boss is reported to have said that the diesel hybrid technology that allows Volkswagen's Up! Lite concept to achieve fuel economy figures of 2.44 l/100km could be upscaled to larger vehicles.
Producing 38kW, the Up! Lite?s 800cc three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is paired with a 10kW electric motor and mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission.
Stop-Start and regenerative braking technology figure among the Up! Lite?s fuel-saving systems.
Alternative powertrains have been rumoured for some months to be part of VW?s plans for the Golf, and the seventh-gen model is expected to be offered in diesel-electric hybrid form within the first half of next decade.
The hybrid system will likely be derived from Volkswagen?s Twin Drive plug-in technology concept, and Golf VI-based test mules are currently conducting trials in Europe.
According to the UK's Auto Express, the seventh-generation Golf will be landing in Volkswagen showrooms sometime in 2012 - barely three years after the introduction of the Mk VI.
The Golf VI is expected to end its production run at the end of 2011, meaning its comprehensively re-engineered successor should arrive in early 2012.
Further details on the next-gen Golf are still scant, but bank on the seventh-generation Golf being a yet more eco-friendly model than the car it will replace.