The rollout of new Golf variants continues this week, with the online unveiling of the new diesel-powered 2013 GTD 'warm hatch'.
Producing 135kW and 380Nm, the 2.0 litre turbodiesel driving the new GTD betters the outgoing model's 125kW, while properly besting its 280Nm of torque.
A choice of six-speed manual and six-speed DSG automatic transmissions are offered and, while it isn't GTI quick, a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.5 seconds is nothing to shrug at.
Frugal fuel use is the GTD's top trick, of course. In manual form, Volkswagen promises a return of 4.2 l/100km, while the DSG auto lists a similarly slight 4.7 l/100km.
As with the GTI, the top diesel gets a honeycome grille, sporting new bumpers and skirts, a hatch-mounted spoiler, darkened LED tail-lights and chromed dual exhaust tips. The package sits on 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45 rubber.
Inside, there's the traditional tartan sports seats and a black headliner, along with Volkswagen's flat-bottomed tiller, stainless steel pedals and GTD badging.
Speaking with TMR today, Volkswagen Australia's Karl Gehling confirmed the GTD is currently under consideration for a local debut.
As for the regular 2013 Golf range, expect an Australian debut to occur in the second quarter of this year.