By on May 7, 2008

2009_vw_golf_motorauthority_003.jpgMotor Authority has a preview of the 2009 Mk VI Golf, which was set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year. The new Golf will debut at Paris this fall, after VW CEO Martin Winterkorn ordered a strategic review of the Golf/Scirocco/Tiguan. The next generation of Golfs will boast a new range of engines, including a 1.6-liter TSI making 200hp (for the GT version) and a 2.0-liter four making 260hp (for the GTI). Given the lag between European and American introductions, and the already-delayed release, the neue Golf's stateside debut could now be several years away. Whether the raw, inefficient 2.5-liter mill currently offered in the base North American-market Rabbit will make an unwanted return is likewise a matter of speculation. In any case, the new Golf exhibits the evolutionary design changes one expects from this model. (Zen masters reveal that VW isn't done developing a Golf until it "looks like a Golf.") Mk VI shares much of the heft and proportion of the Mk V, with only mild updates to the headlights, grille and rear quarter. Perhaps if VW had gone just a bit further, the new hatch could have enjoyed the slightly fresher yet still-evolutionary looks of the Mk VI GTI photochopped by our own Andrei Avarvarii

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15 Comments on “Mk VI Golf Previewed...”


  • avatar
    SunnyvaleCA

    “2.0 making 260hp”

    Is that the setup of the Audi S3?

  • avatar
    BlueEr03

    Heck I would take the 1.6 with 200 horses. You shouldn’t really need much more than that in a tiny Golf.

  • avatar
    AKM

    I think the S3 currently makes 260hp vs. 225hp for the current GTi. As the S3 is the top dog, it may move up even higher in the future.

    The 1.6 also looks like a hot engine, and I like the look. It actually reminds more more of the MkIV than the MkV. Nothing to die for, but pretty good.

  • avatar
    Paul Niedermeyer

    Here’s my take: This Golf VI/Rabbit will never make it to the US (except the GTI). VW has said it’s too expensive to compete here, and has announced it’s developing a cheaper replacement for the Golf/Rabbit and Passat for the US. Look for a return to the Golf IV’s twist-beam rear axle. The Rabbit name may well be kept for this new car.

  • avatar
    ash78

    My money is that the complex TSI engine won’t make it stateside. We don’t benefit from the favorable taxation, so it would be more feasible to just crank up the regular turbo a few notches.

  • avatar
    improvement_needed

    you don’t NEED more than 75 horses in a golf
    (of course that’s assuming it’s got the torque of a tdi…)

    from what i can tell, these photochops are all just speculation…

  • avatar
    SherbornSean

    Paul,
    I bet you are right. Maybe the Jetta at least will switch to Gen VI. That VW 2.0 is getting seriously torquey, far beyond BMW’s NA 3.0.

    I’m still not convinced that VW’s best strategy is to introduce vehicles 3 years late to the largest, most competitive market in the world.

    If VW is serious about the US, they need to develop volume manufacturing capacity here, with the flexibility to export back to Europe and take advantage of the cheap dollar.

  • avatar
    jconli1

    how about the Polo or Fox in the US Market? Go back to the roots – make us a “pretty good” small car again. Price it just a bit higher than the Yaris, pitch it to college kids, grad students, and the urban homesteaders (oh wait, that’s who you pitch everything to). Watch ’em fly. Throw a TSI in it, and end our no-hot-hatch angst of the last few years.

    VW’s US presence is just so pitiful right now, its actually sad.

  • avatar
    yournamehere

    there are a few versions of the VW 2.0T now. the one that is in the GTI just got a mechanical update. (timing chain and balance shaft among other things) and the Audi version of the 2.0T gets variable valve timing i think the horse goes up to ~250 and torque is near 280.

  • avatar
    philbailey

    Please God, tell me there’s a clean diesel in there somewhere.

  • avatar
    johnny ro

    I believe the increase is largely due to increased turbo boost, made possible by engineering advances over current generation. 2009 A4 gets the next gen 2.0. They call it 212hp and 268ftlbs, if memory serves right at 1.2 atmospheres of boost per audiworld. Gaald to see the last of timing belts.

    If I knew what VW has to do to make it in USA, I would apply for job there tomorrow. They wouldn’t hire me of course. They have large, almost Detroit like negative equity from past couple decades.

  • avatar
    vento97

    I don’t blame the Germans for keeping their better offerings away from the U.S – They see U.S. drivers as incompetant, cell-phone talking, latte drinking, blackberry manipulating, ipod playing, navigation system staring, Fast and Furious imitating idiots that are multiple accidents waiting to happen.

    Hell, they figure that most of the cars that they import will either wind up in a fender bender, trashed, poorly maintained, or wrapped around a telephone pole.

  • avatar
    hal

    “I don’t blame the Germans for keeping their better offerings away from the U.S”
    It’s true you won’t see many B Class Mercs but isn’t the US the main market for AMG, M series and S models?

    It’s wildly inaccurate to call the US the “most competitive market in the world”. The domestics haven’t competed in the car market for years. When is the last time a domestic car led its class? In Europe you’ll find every manufacturer present in the US and several more besides. Compare the Ford range in the US and the UK and weep.

  • avatar
    brettc

    In somewhat positive VW news, the first 2009 TDIs have been spotted being transported to your friendly local VW stealer. 1 per dealer will be allocated for test drives for now. VW might need to slow down on making desirable cars available for purchase. I wonder if the TDIs will sell above MSRP this time around with high diesel prices. It’ll be interesting to watch.

    http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/05/06/first-new-vw-jetta-tdis-now-in-transit-to-us-dealers

  • avatar
    Strippo

    It’s wildly inaccurate to call the US the “most competitive market in the world”.

    Not really. All that means is that there is cutthroat price competition between automakers here like nowhere else. Or so they say. If anything, the obsession with meeting price points here effectively deprives us of the choices you mention.

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