The Mk7 Golf will be the first VW to use the company’s new MQB platform and along with improvements in ride and handling quality it will also give us the largest ever Golf. The new car will be 56mm longer and 18mm wider than the Mk6, but will be 28mm lower. Overall dimensions are 4255mm (length), 1799mm (width) and 1452mm (height).
Slight adjustments have also been made to the car’s track, with an extra 8mm in width for the front wheels and 6mm at the rear.
The increase in size allows rear seat passengers an extra 15mm of legroom, while all passengers will gain extra shoulder room of around 30mm. Elbow room is also improved by an average of 21mm for front and rear passengers.
There’s an extra 30 litres of boot space, with the opening now 1023mm, an increase of 47mm. Internally, the boot now measures 1272mm, up by an impressive 228mm.
Weight reduction is all the rage these days and the new Golf is no different. A variety of measures have been introduced to shed as much as 100kg from the previous generation.
For example, around 7kg has been saved through new seat design, 23kg has been lost from the body-in-white and 3kg has been shed from the wiring loom. An increased use of aluminium suspension components has allowed the Golf VII to drop another 26kg compared to the Golf VI. The new EA211 1.4 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine is 23kg lighter than the EA111 unit it replaces.
Indeed, according to the source article from Autocar, the lightest Golf VII will be just 1050kg.
Of course, we’ll bring you comprehensive coverage of the Golf VII as soon as Volkswagen releases pictures and specifications.