Yes, the next generation Volkswagen Golf is still 5 years away but the German automaker has development well underway.
Yes, the next generation Volkswagen Golf is still 5 years away but the German automaker has development well underway. Due to the European Union CO2 emissions restrictions that are set to come into force in 2020, engineers will have to exploit every avenue the can on their high selling model. According to sources within the Volkswagen Group a few of these details can already be divulged.
The brutal aerodynamic package on the XL1 will provide the inspiration for the new VW Golf. This could result in a lower body compared to the current generation but we expect the general style that makes the model instantly recognizable to stay largely in tact.
The MQB platform will provide the base and a a kerb weight of below 1100kg is being targeted.
Beneath the skin there are a number of technologies being discussed for implementation:
Already being tested by Volvo, the Flywheel system can be used to power the rear wheels of a front-wheel-drive car. It stores waste energy and could provide the Golf with up to 40bhp.
Coasting technology is set to implemented into the Volkswagen range over the next few years. It will include transmission decoupling as well as engine shutdown while cruising at speed, traveling downhill or slowing down.
Electric turbochargers which would benefit low capacity engines the most will blow air through the turbo while the engine is slowing down. This will prepare the turbo to produce full boost as soon as the accelerator is pressed.