Why is it unexpected? Read on.
Volkswagen, as we all know by now, has had problems with diesel engines. Remember that little debacle called Dieselgate? The aftermath resulted in thousands of recalls, buybacks, and billions of dollars in government fines. The German automaker suffered a significant hit in public opinion.
But that's all in the past as VW is gearing up to launch an array of all-new, all-electric vehicles, beginning with the ID.3. The VW ID.4 crossover will debut this April at New York. Before that happens, however, VW is bringing a new model to Geneva that's not an EV. Nor is it a hybrid.
VW has officially announced it will celebrate the world premiere of the all-new Golf GTD next month. The outgoing Golf GTD is pictured here, though a single teaser image showing the model's front end has been released. The new VW Golf GTD will feature, according to the automaker, "the most powerful and… and cleanest turbo diesel injection engine ever to be installed in a Golf." Of course, the new Golf GTD is based on the also new eighth-generation VW Golf which, as we've known for some time now, will only come to the US in Golf GTI and (hopefully) Golf R guise.
Unfortunately, the likelihood of the new Golf GTD reaching America's shores is practically zero, but it's still interesting to see VW launching a new diesel model given everything. VW promises the Golf GTD will "one of the most economical and at the same time sporty compact models to the market." Performance has been increased while its C02 emissions "have been cut even further, all while simultaneously improving responsiveness."
Above all, the hot hatch's four-cylinder TDI engine is "one of the cleanest combustion engines in the world." Like the rest of the new Golf lineup, the Golf GTD has a completely digitized cockpit and we're sure there'll be a number of other technical highlights we've never seen before in a hatchback or hot hatch.
But just think, for a moment, if VW had never done that whole diesel emissions cheating thing, then it'd be possible America would be getting this new Golf GTD as well. History is full of 'what ifs.'