Volkswagen has unveiled the seventh generation Golf GTI for the US market which, as per the carmaker, is bigger, lighter, more fuel efficient and faster than the previous generation model. Not only that, the new generation GTI also offers more trunk space and bears a lower price tag.
Wasting no more time, let us start with the looks first. The 2015 Golf GTI looks pretty much the same except for some changes including a tweaked front that features a bright-red horizontal graphic, sharper headlights, a sleeker grille and new body lines. As far as the characteristic changes are concerned, compared to the standard Golf models, the GTI one gets standard LED foglights, red brake calipers, bespoke GTI alloy wheels, side skirts, unique rear diffuser, roof spoiler and bright dual exhaust tips.
Dimension wise, the new Golf GTI is 2.1 inches longer, 0.5 inches wider and 1.1 inches shorter. The all new Golf GTI rolls on 18 inch alloy wheels shod with standard all season 225/40 tires. Customers can also go for the optional summer tires.
The interior now offers 1.2 inches of extra shoulder room at the front and of 1.1 inches at the rear. The cargo capacity has been improved by 8 percent, meaning there will be more space even than the largest mid-size sedan. As far as the cabin goes, you would notice repositioned driver controls, red ambient lighting, backlit buttons and switches, illuminated door sills, trim inserts, GTI instrument panel, flat bottom steering wheel. aluminum look pedals, unique gear shifter knob and much more. There is also an all new touchscreen infotainment center featuring a 5.8-inches screen with capacitive touch.
The 2015 Golf GTI is powered by the third generation EA888 engine. This 2.0 liter TSI petrol unit offers 210 hp of max power and peak torque of 258 lb-ft available between 1500 rpm and 4500 rpm. The new engine offers 10 hp of more power and 51 lb-ft of extra torque. Transmission options include a standard 6-speed manual and the optional 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic.
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is priced from $24,395 for the 2-door S model.