This latest spy shot of the Mk7 Golf show Volkswagen is in full swing as it prepares to launch at the Paris Motor Show in September this year. On that basis pencil in a 2013 launch for the Australian market.
Speaking to Car, Volkswagen Group boss Martin Winterkorn said, “The modular transverse matrix [MQB platform] opens a new set of opportunities. By being significantly more space-efficient, MQB offers distinct packaging advantages—which in turn will directly influence the shape of the car. Don’t worry: the next Golf will again be instantly recognisable as a Golf. But it will also push out the envelope in a way no previous transition from one model generation to the next has done.”
As more info on the soon to be ubiquitous MQB platform comes to light we have learned it can be applied in at least three different wheelbase dimensions: 2630mm for hatchbacks (Golf), 2680mm for mid-size (Jetta, Tiguan and Golf Wagon) and 2790mm (Touran and Tiguan XL).
The Golf looks set to feature shorter overhangs than past models, thanks to an increase in its wheelbase. It should also come packed with (or at least able to be optioned with) latest generation gadgets like Adaptive Cruise Control, lane assist technology and even traffic sign recognition.
MQB can also be adapted to suit Polo and Passat sozed models.