VW preps next-generation GTI for Geneva
Volkswagen says the GTI's fuel economy will improve 18 percent.
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Volkswagen AG plans to unveil the production version of the next-generation GTI hatchback at the Geneva Motor Show next week, giving the first glimpse of the high-performance Golf variant that will debut in Europe this May.
Europeans can already buy the seventh-generation Golf, the first vehicle to be built on the automaker's MQB architecture.
Volkswagen already has announced it will show the diesel-powered GTD variant in Geneva.
It will expand the line further with the GTI, which will include a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque.
Volkswagen says the car's fuel economy will improve 18 percent.
With a 27 combined mpg for the 2012 GTI sold in the United States, those gains translate to 32 mpg combined for the next-generation model.
For the U.S. market, the car will be built at Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico, where the Golf and its variants will introduce VW's next-generation MQB architecture.
No price has been set for the U.S. GTI model, but pricing will be similar to the 2012 version, which starts at $23,995 plus a $795 destination fee.
The hatchback will go on sale in the United States in late spring 2014, roughly a year after it debuts in Germany with a price starting at 28,350 euros ($37,000), a VW spokesman said.
No price has been set for the U.S. model, but pricing will be similar to the 2012 version, which starts at $23,995 plus a $795 destination fee.
The spokesman said Volkswagen has also not decided whether to offer Americans a "performance pack" that offers an extra 10 horsepower.
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