Friday, September 19, 2014
PIMS 2014: Volkswagen Previews Golf GTI (w/ Complete Specs)
Volkswagen showed off its sporty side by unveiling two new additions to its line-up. The first is the Jetta Sport Edition, a new variant of Volkswagen’s globally best-selling compact sedan that now offers a more stylish exterior. The second is the Philippine sneak peek of the much-anticipated all-new Golf GTI Mark 7, a car that Volkswagen Philippines will launch in 2015.
Priced at P 1,480,000, the Jetta Sport Edition is a stylized version of the Jetta sedan. It now features front and rear spoilers, side skirts, tailgate spoiler, exhaust trim, and sportier 18-inch alloy rims with 225/40R18 tires. No mechanical or interior changes are made to the Jetta Sport Edition which means it’s still powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine with 110 horsepower and 280 Nm of torque. The sole transmission is a 5-speed manual.
Taking center stage at the Volkswagen pavilion though is the all-new Golf GTI Mark 7—the latest version of the hot hatch with over 40 years of history. The long-waited, much-anticipated five-door hatchback Golf GTI features a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 220 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Though front-wheel drive, the Golf GTI has a sport tuned suspension with front Double Wishbones and a 4-Link independent rear suspension with stabilizer. Like the Jetta Sport Edition, the Golf GTI runs on 18-inch rims with 225/40R18 tires and convenience features such as a push button start/stop system. The Golf GTI will be sold starting 2015 and will have a “competitive price” according to Volkswagen Philippines executives.