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by Brett Davis

Volkswagen has been spotted testing a prototype version of the 2013 Volkswagen Golf Mk VII on the streets in Europe. This is the first time the new model has been spotted in full prototype trim, despite all the camouflage.

The 2013 Volkswagen Golf MK VII is promising to be even greener and more fuel efficient than the current Mk VI Golf, which will ensure it surpasses even the strictest of Euro emissions laws. Specific details on the engine options are being kept under tight wraps at this stage, but we can expect a range of small turbocharged petrol and diesel options.

A fully electric Golf has previously been confirmed to join the lineup in 2014 as well, showcasing a Golf Blue E-Motion nameplate. The EV will be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack providing 85kW of power and 270Nm of torque to the front wheels. It will offer a full-charge range of around 150km.

As for the styling, the new Golk Mk VII is set to feature fairly big yet subtle changes which will alter the Golf’s personality somewhat. There will be more raked-back A-pillars, and a drawn-back profile to give the popular hatch a more enthusiastic stance. The headlights and grille are also said to showcase a sharper design, with the grille placed lower down in the front fascia.

The body of the Mk VII will be built on Volkswagen’s all-new modular traverse MQB platform, having used the current platform since 2003. The layout will also underpin the new Audi A3, which will be the first car under the Volkswagen Group umbrella to use it.

Variant-wise, the Mk VII Golf is going available, at least internationally, in three- and five-door form, as well as a GolfCross crossover variant, station wagon and a soft-top convertible. Australian model variants are still too far away to speculate.

According to international reports, the 2013 Volkswagen Golf Mk VII will likely debut near the end of 2012.




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