New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Officially Shows Its Face

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The countdown to the new Golf GTI's debut has officially begun.

It's been around four months since the new 2020 Volkswagen Golf premiered, and since then we've been eagerly anticipating the all-new Golf GTI. Other than the obvious reasons why, the new GTI is the first version of VW's redesigned hatchback that will go on sale in the US. Fortunately, the wait is nearly over because Volkswagen has announced the new eighth-generation Golf GTI will make its world debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show on March 3, which is less than two weeks away.

An accompanying teaser image also gives us our first official look at the Golf GTI's face which features the hot hatchback's signature red stripe in the radiator grille, as well as an open front bumper, a honeycomb grille, and an optional LED crossbar integrated into the daytime running lights.

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As we've seen in spy shots, the new Golf GTI will incorporate a roof spoiler and an integrated rear diffuser with a dual exhaust system. Inside, chequered sport seats will be offered as standard.

Compared to the outgoing model, the new Golf GTI will gain some significant technical upgrades. The new Golf GTI will be one of the first compact sports cars to feature Car2X communication with other vehicles, while a Travel Assist will support semi-autonomous driving at speeds of up to 130 mph. Like the standard 2020 Golf, the new GTI will have a digital cockpit featuring a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a multifunction steering wheel.

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The handling should also be sharper thanks to a new version of VW's adaptive chassis control. Technical details are still being kept under wraps, but VW promises "the GTI turbo engine will exceed expectations."

However, a recent leak suggests the new Golf GTi's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will produce 241 horsepower, up from 228 hp in the current model. Following its public debut at Geneva next month, the new Golf GTI will go on sale in the second half of the year, but it could launch later in the US. After the new Golf GTI debuts at Geneva, the range-topping Golf R is expected to debut at the 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July with 328 hp on tap.


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