The 2015 Volkswagen Golf for the US market has finally arrived this week, making its long-awaited debut after some considerable time strutting its stuff in other parts of the world. And it certainly looks like the wait will be worthwhile – the US version of the 2015 Golf will be offered with two different gas engine and one diesel….all of which are turbocharged.
And of course, it’s the new Golf GTI that we’re most excited about.
Set to be assembled at a shiny new plant in Mexico, the base model of the 2015 Golf will deliver a superb 1.8-liter engine good for 170BHP, which takes the place of the outgoing base-model engine which is equal in power stakes but hasn’t won any awards for fuel-efficiency.
The turbo diesel version of the new Golf ups the ante from the outgoing model with an addition of 10BHP – its powerplant now serves up 150BHP and boasts an admirable EPA rating of 42MPG for highway driving and 30MPG city.
In fact, Volkswagen has promised that all new models in the 2015 Golf range will offer up to 15% improved fuel-economy, compared to their outgoing models.
Then comes the 2015 Golf GTI which once again is the head-turned of the bunch. This time around, we’re looking at a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s good for 210BHP – an estimate that has yet to be set in stone by Volkswagen. Along with the TDI Golf, the 2015 GTI will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or a DSG automatic transmission.
Transmission options are yet to be confirmed for the base-model Golf, but there will be an automatic and manual version by launch.
According to Volkswagen, the 2015 Golf range is as a whole lighter and bigger than the outgoing range, while its overall styling harks both to Golfs of much older generations with striking lines and angles. On the inside, the new Golf has been lavished with chrome accents and deep blacks, while the new infotainment center offers extensive touchscreen and gesture functionality.
While the price of the range has yet to be announced, the 2015 VW Golf will launch early next year across the US.