BERLIN -- Volkswagen plans to broaden its diesel lineup in 2015 with the Golf GTD, the brand's first performance-oriented diesel car for the United States.
The GTD, available as a two- and four-door hatchback, borrows the sports suspension from the gasoline-powered Golf GTI. It is powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder rated at 184 hp and 280 pounds-feet of torque.
VW says the car will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds and achieve more than 40 mpg on the highway.
The car will use urea to reduce oxides of nitrogen. The urea tank is typically filled when owners change their oil.
The Golf GTD will be a variant of the seventh-generation Golf coming next summer to the United States.
VW's U.S. diesel sales are rising. The brand is on track to sell 100,000 diesels in the United States this year, about 10 percent higher than in 2012. VW sold 40,885 Golfs last year in the United States.
Andreas Valbuena, VW's product manager for the Golf, expects the GTD to be priced at around $27,000. It likely would be a 2016 model.
"We see it as a very important part of our full range of offerings, a technology halo for our diesel technology," he said at a press briefing here.
VW believes the GTD can account for between 5 and 10 percent of Golf diesel sales, Valbuena said.
The Golf GTD is launching this summer in Europe.