The oil-burning counterpart to the new GTI will officially go on sale in the US later this year.
In addition to the many new concepts and production models that just made their debuts in Geneva, Volkswagen has announced something that’ll surely please the diesel fans among us. The German automaker has just confirmed that its new Golf GTD will officially go on sale in the US. For those who don’t know what a Golf GTD is, it’s essentially a diesel-engined version of the GTI hot hatch. Both GTI and GTD packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, only the GTI's burns gasoline and the GTD burns diesel.
Output is subsequently inverted, with the GTI making more horsepower (220 vs 181) but the GTD making up for it with more torque (280 vs 258). The GTD also returns better fuel economy than the GTI, and while diesel is typically more expensive than regular unleaded gasoline in the US, it's also usually less than the premium fuel Volkswagen recommends for the GTI. Other elements like the upgraded suspension, rolling stock, aero kit, exhaust and sport-oriented interior are similar between the two models. Expect the new GTI and GTD to arrive in US Volkswagen dealers sometime next year.