Volkswagen Golf GTD ruled out for Australia

The new-generation Volkswagen Golf GTD will not be sold in Australia.
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Hot on the heels of reports there will soon be a diesel-powered Ford Focus ST, CarAdvice has learned that Volkswagen Australia is not planning to offer its Golf GTD diesel hot-hatch, which is essentially an oil-burning twin to the Golf GTI, anytime soon.

Volkswagen Australia general manager of communications, Karl Gehling, told CarAdvice that the brand doesn't plan to offer the GTD "at this stage".

"As we said when we launched Golf last year, we are reducing complexity in the range and focusing on the core models," Gehling said.

The previous Golf GTD, at $39,290, was positioned very closely to the $40,490 five-door GTI, but Volkswagen's pricing strategy for the current Golf range sees the top-end 103TDI priced at $36,490, leaving little room for the GTD to slot in among its sibling models.

Volkswagen will instead continue to offer the five-door-only Golf GTI range (priced from $41,490), with a quicker Performance Pack model priced at $47,990. The new Golf R will also be sold here, but pricing for that variant is yet to be announced.

The brand also has a new Golf GTE model, which is powered by a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine teamed to an electric motor for combined outputs of 150kW and 350Nm, though that model is unlikely to be offered here.