The all-new three-door Volkswagen Golf Mk7 can now be seen on the ‘Konfigurator’ application on the brand’s German website.
It’s the first time the three-door version of the all-new Volkswagen Golf has been seen, with all the previous official press photos highlighting the more popular five-door model.
While the images are not actual photographs, the renderings show the new three-door from all angles.
Further exploration around the site reveals the Golf’s specifications and details such as engines, outputs and fuel economy.
Volkswagen is claiming combined cycle fuel economy of just 2.7 litres per 100km and average CO2 emissions of 85g/km for the 77kW 1.6-litre diesel-powered BlueMotion model.
Marc Lichte, leading designer for the exterior of the new Golf, has added some additional design elements to the new model – most notably the strong character line below the door handles, wrapping around the car and broken only by the wheel arches.
The front wheels have also moved forward by 43 millimetres, reducing the front overhang.
Volkswagen’s new MQB platform, which will underpin at least half of all Volkswagen models by 2015, uses more high-tensile steel than the previous Golf Mk6 platform and as a result is lighter by 37kg.
The design creates more space too, with a noticeable increase in legroom and a boot that is 30 litres larger than its predecessor.
A report from Autocar in the UK speculates the Golf Mk7 will be sold with two different suspension systems. Base or lower-end versions will reportedly get MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam set-up at the rear, while higher-spec models will receive MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link unit at the rear.
Volkswagen Australia says it’s too early to comment on specific models and individual suspension systems for the new Golf, which will arrive here in the second quarter of 2013.