The iconic Golf GTI replacement looks set to make its international debut at either the Detroit or Geneva motor shows early next year.
The all-new seventh-generation Golf launches in Australia in the second quarter of 2013, although at this stage Volkswagen Australia says there is no word yet on timing for the local launch of the GTI hot-hatch.
The Mk7 GTI will be powered by a new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is expected to produce around 165kW - up 10kW from the outgoing model.
In addition to a range of new petrol and diesel engines for the base models, electric and plug-in hybrid variants will also join the range further down the track - a benefit of the company’s new MQB platform that allows for different propulsion systems to slot in without the need for excessive engineering work.
Volkswagen will also produce a version that will run on compressed natural gas in markets where the refueling infrastructure is in place.