We now have a good idea what the new Golf GTI will look like.
The all-new 2020 Volkswagen Golf made its world debut back in October, but VW still hasn't confirmed if the base model will be sold in the US. We already know that new versions of the hot Golf GTI and the even hotter Golf R will be revealed next year for the US market. To ease the wait, Kolesa envisioned what the new Golf GTI will look like in what is likely to be a very accurate render using spy shots and the regular 2020 Golf as references.
Styling changes from the base model will carry over to the hot GTI version, such as redesigned LED headlights and a slender grille that gives the hatchback a sleeker, more modern appearance.
To distinguish it from its standard sibling, the new Golf GTI has been depicted with a slew of sporty exterior upgrades including a more aggressive front bumper incorporating larger intakes, red trim applied to the grille, larger wheels, and a dual exhaust system.
Inside, the new Golf features a revamped interior with a digital cockpit, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a multifunction steering wheel, so expect these changes to carry over to the GTI. VW has already confirmed the new Golf GTI will be available with three 2.0-liter TSI engines and a 1.5-liter TGI.
In the US, the current Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine producing 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque sent to the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. This setup enables the Golf GTI to hit 0-62 mph in 6.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 155 mph.
Reports suggest the new GTI will have an increased output of 245 hp in the standard model and 300 hp in the GTI Performance. A special Golf R Plus model is also reportedly in the works with 400 hp on tap.