According to a Reuters report, the vehicle will enter production by the “end of 2012 or early 2013”, following word from a Volkswagen insider that the seventh-generation small car would arrive in showrooms in November 2012.
The Golf VII will be the first Volkswagen vehicle built on the Group’s new modular traverse architecture, known as ‘MQB’. The Golf will follow its sister car, the Audi A3, which will become the first vehicle in the world to use the MQB platform when it goes into production in mid-2012.
The new architecture will be highly versatile, easily capable of being lengthened, shortened and widened, and applied to front- and all-wheel drive vehicles. Volkswagen says it will underpin around 37 different models and more than three million vehicles across the Volkswagen Group every year.
The Golf VII is expected to be offered in both hatch and convertible forms, and the Blue E-Motion electric model has been confirmed to join the range in 2014.
Styling is expected to be an evolution of the current design, drawing influence from the Scirocco and the new Jetta sedan.
By the time the new model arrives, the current sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf’s platform will be 10 years old, having been inherited from the Golf V which launched in 2003.