The new Golf is riding on a brand new platform that will be shared with the Audi A3. It will be slightly larger in both width and length compared to the sixth generation and will feature an aerodynamically low front end.

The new seventh generation Volkswagen Golf has been caught doing its latest round of testing in Scandinavia. It still wears thick padding camouflage which hides nearly all styling lines however we shouldn't expect any radical changes in comparison to the current model. The Golf is one of Volkswagen's best selling model lines and as the saying goes - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Therefore exterior styling changes will be mainly cosmetic as the brand looks to continue the success of the long running series. Underneath the sheet metal however, it is a different story.

The new Golf is riding on a brand new platform that will be shared with the Audi A3. It will be slightly larger in both width and length compared to the sixth generation and will feature an aerodynamically low front end.

Once again the Golf will be available with a vast array of petrol and diesel engine options. It has been reported that one of these will be a 2.0-liter diesel with 181 hp (135 kW / 184 PS) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. Further down the line the GTI will be launched with a 2.0-liter petrol engine with 260 hp (194 kW / 264 PS) that will feature a new "VAQ" electronically-controlled front differential.

Moving a little further down the line, Volkswagen plans to introduce a Golf plug-in hybrid with rumors stating the power unit will produce a combined output of 243 hp (181 kW / 246 PS) along with a fuel economy figure of more than 50 mpg UK (5.6 L/100km / 41.6 mpg US).

These latest spy pictures show the five-door version, but we will also see a number of additional body variants launched including a three-door hatchback, a station wagon, a convertible and a high-roof Golf Plus.

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