We also now know when the new hardcore Golf R will break cover.
The all-new 2020 Volkswagen Golf debuted last year, but the declining popularity of hatchbacks means the base model won't be going on sale in the US. Thankfully, the next-generation Golf GTI and Golf R will be sold Stateside. VW has already announced the Golf GTI will be shown this spring, but Autocar has now confirmed the hot hatchback will make its world debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March. The new version of the hardcore Golf R will then debut at the 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
Like previous models, the new GTI will feature sportier styling than the standard hatchback, with upgrades including dual exhaust pipes, red brake calipers, larger wheels, and an aggressive front bumper with larger intakes.
While the new Golf GTI was expected to be hybridized, Autocar reports it will be powered by an updated version of its predecessor's 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. The standard version will produce around 242 hp, while a more powerful Clubsport variant is expected to have around 287 hp on tap.
Torque will also increase, resulting in improved performance. 0-62 mph in the new Golf GTI Clubsport is said to take less than six seconds before the hot hatch tops out at 155 mph. Like the previous Golf GTI, power will be sent through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Underpinning the new Golf GTI will be an updated version of the current model's MQB platform. It will also only be sold as a five-door hatchback. Inside, expect a slew of upgrades previewed by the standard Golf, including a new digital cockpit with an optional head-up display unit, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a new center console.
As for the new Golf R, the all-wheel-drive hardcore hatchback is expected to produce at least 300 hp in the entry-level version, while a range-topping R Plus model is rumored to increase the output to around 350 hp, down from the previously rumored 400 hp.