Although the 2014 Golf successor is still quite a few years away, it is being reported that Volkswagen has already begun development of its popular hatchback.
Recent reports have surfaced around the web that due to the European Union’s strict CO2 emission standards that are set to be implemented by the year 2020, the Volkswagen Group will be turning to its ultra-efficient XL1 to adopt a few new fuel saving technologies for the next-gen Golf. Here’s what we understand so far:
Lighter Aerodynamic Shape
In order to be more aerodynamic, the German hatch could adopt a lower body compared to the 2014 Volkswagen Golf, but the overall look of it is expected to be evolutionary rather than being something completely different. Set to ride on the group’s MQB platform, a kerb weight of below 1100kg is being targeted.
2014 Volkswagen Golf GTE
The marque is aiming to implement the coasting system across its range over the next few years. Basically, the system will decouple the transmission and shut down the engine while going downhill, slowing down and cruising to enhance the fuel efficiency.
These turbocharges will provide significant gains for low capacity engines. When the engine is slowing down, air will be blown into the turbo to spool it up, so that a full boost can be produced as soon as the accelerator is pressed.
Besides that, Volkswagen is also toying with its flywheel system, which is something Volvo is currently busy with. This tech allows power to be sent to the rear wheel of a front-wheel-drive car. According to the report, this alone could offer the next-gen Golf with a 40hp or so boost to the rear wheels.