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New details are starting to emerge about the 2013 Volkswagen Golf.

Autocar is reporting the model will have a variety of engines including a turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol with 138 hp (103 kW / 140 PS) as well as a 2.0-liter diesel with 181 hp (135 kW / 184 PS) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. The latter engine will reportedly be equipped with twin turbos on the GTD for an increased output of 220 hp (164 kW / 223 PS)

Contrary to previous reports, the magazine says the GTI will have a 2.0-liter petrol engine with 260 hp (194 kW / 264 PS). If this pans out, it will be a huge improvement over the current model which only has 207 hp (155 kW / 210 PS). Regardless, the GTI is slated to feature a new "VAQ" electronically-controlled front differential which has enabled a prototype to lap the Nürburgring eight seconds faster than prototypes without it.

There's also word of a 243 hp (181 kW / 246 PS) plug-in hybrid which could return more than 50 mpg UK (5.6 L/100km / 41.6 mpg US).

Interestingly, one of the variants will reportedly use aluminum in the floor, trunk and windshield base. It remains unclear what model will get the lightweight treatment, but it could be an EV or the GTI.

Options will reportedly include active cruise control, a semi-autonomous parking system and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display - items typically found in premium vehicles. We can also expect an all-wheel drive system and upgraded adaptive dampers.

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