As expected, the new GTI is identical to the thinly-veiled concept revealed in Paris last year. The requisite styling tweaks are all there, including the iconic red garnish, a sports body kit and big alloy wheels.
The new hot hatch will go on sale in Europe in the coming weeks, and Volkswagen Australia has confirmed with TMR that a local debut is set for the fourth quarter of this year.
Driven by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the new GTI gets a moderate power boost over its predecessor.
Output is up from 155 to 162kW at 6400rpm, and torque grows from 280 to 350Nm, available from 1500rpm.
For the first time, Volkswagen will also offer an optional factory performance pack, boosting power to 171kW.
A six-speed manual transmission remains the standard shifter, and a six-speed DSG dual-clutch auto will also be available as an option.
In manual form, Volkswagen promises a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds (6.4 with Performance pack), marking a small improvement over the 6.9 second time of the current Mk6 model.
European fuel consumption figures drop to 6.0 l/100km on the combined cycle, thanks to new engine efficiencies, lighter construction and a new stop-start system.
The new GTI, in three-door form, weighs in at 1350kg.
Standard features in European trim include 17-inch "Brooklyn" alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45 rubber, red-painted brake calipers, twin chrome exhaust tips and a lowered sports-tuned suspension package.
In the cabin, there's a new "Clark" tartan pattern, black headliner, red ambient lighting, sports steering wheel, GTI badging, stainless steel pedals and special trim inserts.
Automatic climate control is standard, along with Park Assist, a touchscreen infotainment system and, depending on market, heated front seats.
The new GTI will make its Australian debut in the fourth quarter of this year, while the regular Golf range will land in the coming months.
The new Golf R will also be given an unveiling in the coming weeks.
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