The new Volkswagen Golf GTD was previewed before the Geneva debut

This system is also based on the EA888 engine. However, it will not be used on the Golf GTI, under the instructions of the VW group president Herbert Diess, who canceled the decision of its predecessor, Matthias Müller.

The cross-mounted 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will be coupled to an electric motor and 48V electric architecture. It is a configuration that VW plans to mirror on the smaller 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel units used in the Mk8 Golf.

The original plan was to improve the Golf GTI’s low-end response with electric enhancement. In addition, the technology consisted of bringing an inertia function that makes the engine idle on a final accelerator and a recovery system that collects kinetic energy during braking. However, VW’s breakthrough on hybrid technology should lead to the new GTI which has a similar character to today’s car.

2020 VW Golf GTI: chassis and bases

The new Golf GTI is supported by a further developed version of the existing model’s MQB platform, which uses a MacPherson front pillar and a multi-link rear suspension in combination with an adaptive damping control.

The engineers involved in the development of the new car say that a lot of attention has been focused on steering precision. The electromechanical setup of the outgoing model has been heavily reworked to provide additional levels of feedback and a more direct relationship.

Buyers will be limited to one body style: a five-door sedan. The three doors will no longer be produced. Changes in the interior include a new digital instrument cluster with an optional head-up display unit, as well as new electrical panels, including a center console with a squat T-shaped selector for versions equipped with DSG.

The new GTI is also expected to follow the traditional model and undergo a technical overhaul. More significantly, this includes the integration of a new, larger infotainement screen that will have some touch functionality, but also a new touch control system designed to make common control settings easier.

GTE, GTD and R variants: what do we know so far?

An increase in performance for the GTI is necessary to ensure that it occupies a level of performance above the new GTE, revealed simultaneously with the standard Golf.

The 241 hp of that model comes from a 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine combined with an electric motor, with a variant with 201 hp of lower power expected later. It uses a 13kWh battery that allows up to 43 miles of zero emission autonomy and can be brought up to 87 miles per hour without assistance from the engine. Performance data have yet to be detailed, however, as well as data on the economy.

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