Volkswagen released the first images of the redesigned 2014 Golf Tuesday. The automaker says in a press release that the upcoming affordable small car has a more spacious interior than the current Golf, as well as a longer and wider body.
Despite its larger size, Volkswagen says the redesigned Golf is 220 pounds lighter than the car it replaces, noting a few areas where engineers were able to reduce the Golf’s weight. “The air conditioning unit is, for example, six pounds lighter than the old car’s; the seats have shed 15 pounds; and the body-in-white [car’s body shell] is 51 pounds lighter.”
Inside, Volkswagen says that the new Golf has a bit more shoulder room, as well as slightly more back-seat legroom and cargo space. “Trunk space grows by 1.1 cubic feet to 13.4 cubic feet,” writes Autoweek. “It is more versatile, too. The width of the trunk has grown by 9.0 inches to 50.1 inches at its widest point, and the loading lip has been lowered by 0.7 inch to 27.0 inches.”
While the European version of the new Golf will get a choice of turbocharged gas or diesel four-cylinder engines, Volkswagen hasn’t announced the engine lineup for U.S. models yet. “But it is expected that the base 2014 Golf will be equipped with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that replaces the current 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine,” Edmunds writes. “An improvement in fuel economy is anticipated.” The current 2013 Golf gets an EPA-estimated 23/33 mpg city/highway with a manual transmission. Edmunds also surmises that a diesel engine will carry over as an available option. The 2013 diesel Golf earns 30/42 mpg.
While the Golf’s revamped exterior styling differentiates it from the current car, its hatchback styling is still instantly recognizable. Motor Trend says, “Compared to the current Golf, the 2014 model has considerably sharper and straighter lines.”
Pricing and full specifications have yet to be announced, though Edmunds reports that the redesigned Golf will go on sale in early 2014, while an electric version of the Golf should hit dealer lots in late 2014 as a 2015 model.
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