Volkswagen AG plans to unveil the next-generation GTI hatchback at the Geneva auto show this week, giving the first glimpse of the high-performance Golf variant that will go on sale here next year.
It is based on the seventh-generation Golf, which has yet to come to the United States.
Volkswagen already had 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 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque.
Volkswagen says the car's fuel economy will be 18 percent better than that of the current model -- about 32 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
For the U.S. market, Volkswagen will build the car in Puebla, Mexico. The Golf, including the GTI version, will go on sale in the United States in late spring 2014. The GTI debuts in Germany with a price starting at 28,350 euros, or about $37,200, a VW spokesman said.
No price has been set for the U.S. model, but prices are expected to be similar to those of the current model, which starts at $24,790, including shipping.
The spokesman said Volkswagen has also not decided whether to offer Americans a "performance pack" that offers an extra 10 horsepower.