Take a good look. If you like what you see, you’ll have time to start saving your pennies. A half-year after the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf made its debut at the Paris Motor Show it has finally rolled into the U.S., VW unveiling the ever-popular hatchback at this week’s 2013 New York Auto Show.
Unfortunately for those who’d like to rush out and place an order, the new model is still nearly a year away from actually reaching American showrooms. But Volkswagen is hoping you’ll be willing to wait for what will be sold as the 2015 Golf, promising the 5-door will be not just bigger and more spacious than the model it replaces but is also lighter, and as much as 15 percent more fuel-efficient.
The maker is showing off three different versions of the 2015 Golf at NY’s Jacob Javits Convention Center: the turbocharged Golf TSI, the “oil-sipping” TDI diesel, and the “hotter” GTI.
The 2015 Golf is 2.2 inches longer and 0.5 inches wider than the outgoing Gen-6 hatchback. It is also 1.1 inches lower and the co-efficient of drag has been reduced by almost 10% compared with the Golf 6. The interior package has been optimized to give 0.6 inches more rear-seat legroom and 1.2 inches of additional shoulder room in the back.