The 2017 Volkswagen Golf will debut next month with a much anticipated styling and technology makeover, the company has confirmed this week.
Despite that, though, Autocar claims the revised vehicle will be regarded as the eighth generation of the Golf. That’s because despite the small exterior changes, the revised Golf will reportedly feature heavily revised drivetrains and platform.
A key feature of the update will be a new affordable mild hybrid drivetrain with a purported ‘real world’ fuel economy figure of under 4.0L/100km.
The mild hybrid setup allegedly includes a forced induction 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine coupled to a starter motor/generator unit built into the car’s transmission. The small electric motor is hooked up to a new 48V electrical system and will power a small supercharger attached to the three-pot engine.
Now that Volkswagen’s ‘clean diesel’ push is dead in the water, thanks to the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal, the mild hybrid Golf will be a core part of the company’s green vehicle push in the States.
The company has yet to reveal any official details about the facelifted and updated Golf, Volkswagen is happy share a few of stats about the venerable nameplate.
According to Volkswagen, 32,590,025 Golfs were sold up until the end of 2015. Averaged out over the car’s 42 year lifespan, that means that a new Golf has been sold every 40 seconds.
At present, the Golf is manufactured in five factories spread across four countries (Germany, China, Brazil, and Mexico), and is sold in 155 nations.
In 2005, a buyer paid 188,938 euros ($275,000) for a used Golf Mark V hatchback at an auction. The most expensive Golf ever did have a special claim to fame: its first owner was Pope Benedict XVI.
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