Golf 7: the secret’s out

Bobby Cheetham

HERE are the first exclusive pictures of the new Volkswagen Golf 7, which replaces the present model. And the good news is that the new Golf will be in South Africa in less than six months. The car was unveiled last week in Berlin, 36 years after the original model was launched.

The new Golf looks a lot like the old one from the outside, but has been completely redesigned mechanically.

Volkswagen says the vehicle will go on sale on November 10 in Germany and prices for the basic model are the same as the old one.

Prices go up from there. In South Africa prices will be announced closer to the launch date here.

Volkswagen SA brand public relations manager Andile Dlamini told World of Wheels that the popular vehicle “will be here towards the end of the first quarter” of next year.

The seventh-generation Golf builds on the success of its predecessors, more than 29 million of which have been sold.

Dlamini says despite offering more room for passengers and more advanced technological features than ever before, new production techniques contribute to the Mk VII Golf being up to 100kg lighter than the car it replaces. This helps to make the car up to 23% more efficient.

The new Golf is also safer than ever, thanks to a stronger body structure – which is 23kg lighter – and a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems.

Powering the car is a new range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate stop/start and battery regeneration systems.

At the launch in Germany, the petrol engines are a 1.2-litre TSi unit returning 4.9l/100km (CO2of 113g/km), and a 1.4-litre TSi with active cylinder technology – which can deactivate two of the cylinders – and achieves up to 4.8l/100km (CO2of 112g/km).

The launch diesel engines are a 1.6-litre unit which returns 3.8l/100km (CO2of 99g/km), and a 2.0-litre unit which returns 4.1l/100km (CO2of 106g/km).

And for gadget geeks there’s plenty to keep them happy:

  • Electronic aids include adaptive cruise control, which uses radar sensors to maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front;

  • Front assist, which can bring the car to a complete stop and operates at speeds of up to 150km/h; and city emergency braking, which operates at up to 30km/h and can reduce or prevent accidents.

  • A driver alert system, which monitors the driver’s inputs to detect any signs of tiredness; while a camera-operated lane assist system helps keep the car in a specific lane, with countersteering assistance.

  • A dynamic light assist system which optionally masks the vehicle’s high-beam lighting, making for brilliant illumination without dazzling oncoming traffic.

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