No doubt hoping to position its new Golf as a modern classic, Volkswagen chose Berlin’s New National Gallery as the location for the invitation only world premiere of the seventh generation of its best-selling small family car on Tuesday. The move to the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (Modularer Querbaukasten or MQB) platform means that the new Golf has had a complete redesign, with a new body, powertrain and interior.

The switch to the MQB platform shared with numerous vehicles including the VW up!, the Skoda Citigo and the third generation Audi A3, has also resulted in a vehicle that is up to 100 kg (220 lb) lighter than the previous model while being 2.24 inches (57 mm) longer and 0.52 inches (13 mm) wider. The weight reduction means the new model is also up to 23 percent more fuel efficient with the 140 hp petrol engine version, which also features cylinder deactivation, getting 4.8 l/100 km (49 US mpg) combined and producing 112 g of CO2 per kilometer.

All engine versions will also get a standard stop/start systems and battery regeneration. The common rail diesel engine outputting 77 kW (105 PS) boasts fuel economy of 3.8 l/100 km (61.9 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. However, the Golf BlueMotion boasts the even more impressive fuel economy figures of 3.2 liters of diesel per 100 km (73.5 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 85 g/km.

The company says the interior is also more spacious and comfortable, with new information and entertainment systems, along with a range of new assistance systems.

Pricing for the new Golf hasn’t been revealed, but more details could be forthcoming when the vehicle makes its expected public debut at the Paris Motor Show that kicks off at the end of the month.

Source: Volkswagen