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2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD Likely for the U.S.

Just the Facts:
  • Volkswagen is seriously considering bringing its economical Golf GTD hot hatchback to America next year.
  • The diesel-powered Golf is expected to produce as much as 185 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
  • It should hit speeds of up to 152 mph and boast a 0-62-mph time of around seven seconds.

DETROIT — Volkswagen is seriously considering bringing its economical Golf GTD hot hatchback to America next year.

Sources at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show confirmed that the diesel-powered GTD would be shown alongside the Golf VII GTI at this year's 2013 Geneva Auto Show in March.

"Sales of our diesels have been rising in the U.S. and there's been a wide push internally to include more diesel variants of more models for buyers here," a Volkswagen source said.

"This time that might mean the GTD comes to the U.S., which would be critical to the image of diesels because this will be fast and will sound fantastic."

The car is expected to have as much as 185 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, but will be more notable for its low-rev torque and its ability to eke more mileage out of its fuel tank.

Already a raging success in Europe, where fuel prices regularly hover at $10-$12 a gallon, the next-generation GTD is expected to make around 280 pound-feet of torque from as little as 1,750 rpm. It should hit speeds of up to 152 mph and boast a 0-62-mph time of around seven seconds.

It's also expected to be around 20 percent more economical than the GTI, a concept of which was shown during October at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The current GTD delivers around 42 mpg, and the jump to the seventh generation's more advanced architecture is expected to improve that by around 20 percent to around 50 mpg.

Volkswagen sold around 20,000 Golf hatchbacks in the U.S. in 2012 and the brand sold more than 90,000 diesel-powered cars in the U.S. last year.

Edmunds says: Given the popularity of Volkswagen's diesel offerings in the U.S., a Golf GTD should have no problem justifying its place in the revamped Golf lineup, especially with the recent announcement of Golf production in Mexico.


  • rick6675 rick6675 Posts:

    Please offer a 4-door version. My wife will let be buy one if it has 4 doors. And don't forget the manual and Dynaudio system.

  • weapon weapon Posts:

    BMW, If you are reading this, please bring the 123d to the US.

  • ks55 ks55 Posts:

    Woo Hoo Go VW Go. I am considering a Mk VII GTI but was wonering if they were serious of the GTD in the USA. This is a win win win prop.

  • marcos9 marcos9 Posts:

    More diesel options please - like Passat wagon TDI?

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    A friend of mine in Korea has owned a GTD for 2 years. I really like the idea of GTI goodness with diesel fuel economy. Bring it over here!

  • no_vinyl_ no_vinyl_ Posts:

    I've been waiting for this GTD, performance handling and economy. Now PLEASE no vinyl seats as in VW's other diesels. They supposed to be convincing leather substitues - BS. Had it in an Audi and they're just fancy vinyl, meaning they don't breathe like cloth and you'll be soaking wet in your seat on a hot day for 10-15 minutes before the A/C cools and dries things down enough ! I'll bet VW could sell even more diesels if they didn't pimp up the price by making them upgraded models - it takes about 150K miles to make up the extra cost compared to a gas powered 30mpg equivalent - you do the math. It's not a good deal.

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Great news for those of us who want an economical daily driver that's still a lot of fun to drive. I'll be honest; however, I'm not excited about the next gen for the US being build in Mexico. Whether it's true or not, there's a real quality perception amongst many US VW fanatics for the vehicles build in N. America (esp. Mexico) vs. those build in Europe.

  • ks55 ks55 Posts:

    lovely hade of green ..just lovely.but I could look beyond the color this time.

  • cotak cotak Posts:

    170 hp, ok but if it did 200 just like the GTI it would rock.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    @cjasis, Ford builds the Fusion in Mexico, and it is a rated as a reliability leader. Maybe VW can do the same!

  • engineermd engineermd Posts:

    I want!

  • engineermd engineermd Posts:

    " it takes about 150K miles to make up the extra cost compared to a gas powered 30mpg equivalent - you do the math. It's not a good deal " Good luck ever getting 30mpg out of a GTI if you drive it enjoyably ... the 42 MPG you get out the GTD will allow you to have some fun and still get great miles.. not to mention diesel easily last 600k+ miles of longevity .. gasoline wont...

  • shatner shatner Posts:

    Diesel is currently a huge 70 cents a gallon more than regular where I live, so there goes the savings.

  • motorstreet motorstreet Posts:

    This is pretty much the ideal car. It has lots of space, it's fast, it's really fun to drive, it not very expensive, it has top notch build quality, it's comfortable, and it will get well over 50mpg on the highway. My significantly heavier and less aerodynamic MkVI TDI averages 43mpg and gets 55mpg on the highway compared to an EPA rating of 34 combined and 41mpg highway. If this gets a 50mpg EPA highway rating it will have no trouble getting 60mpg on the highway in the real world.

  • Me wants!

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    What's the difference between this and the Golf TDI? I know this is a new diesel engine, but is it replacing the current 140 hp version we currently have? Considering the current Golf TDI is already a bit more expensive than the GTI, where will this GTD fit in the pricing lineup? I'd love it if VW made the GTD the hot, pricier version and let us have a TDI equipped like a base Golf for ~$22K instead of the current $26K starting price.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    cjasis, I'm pretty sure VW's past reliability woes have been due to engineering and parts quality, not country of assembly. The MKV Jetta has been built in Mexico and gets higher reliability ratings than the German built GTI.

  • AptSolecist AptSolecist Posts:

    If it comes, I will be right out there to buy the first batch. Everything a car geek like me wants: hatchback for utility, moster torque/good HP, moderately luxurious feel, and great gas mileage! I really hope diesels take off in this country

  • AptSolecist AptSolecist Posts:

    Oh, and the comment about Fusion reliability... If you research a little further, you will notice that the auto tranny in the 4cyl and 3.0L 6 is notorious for failure in like 50k miles. That is a big buck expense. You have to spend to get the dependable Fusions: the 3.5L V6 or the hybrid. Nice handling car; but after driving, I would trust that tranny as far as I could throw it.

  • mitt_zombie mitt_zombie Posts:

    How does this hit 152 with on 185 hp? Diesels usually get real slugish over 60 so this must take a long time to get to 150, and what is the point in the USA? Diesel fuels costs 40 cents a gallon more than premium where I live now too.. A new Accord 4 cyl. sports with manual goes 0-60 in 6.6 according to Edmunds so that is quicker than this and is only 23k to start. VW diesel engines are known to last a long time, but overall VWs are super expensive to maintain, and the rest of the car will fall apart well before then anyway.

  • t_minetti t_minetti Posts:

    Mein Gott! Ich muss dieses auto haben!!! Okay, my German may be a bit rusty. But for the love, FOR THE LOVE!, please bring this car here. If you do, I will buy one when it arrives. If you don't, I will most likely get a used IS350 at the end of the year. Dass ist nich schwer! And yes, the 4-door manual, with Dynaudio.

  • gregor777 gregor777 Posts:

    As a Toyota EMPLOYEE (and vehicle owner), I'm willing to 'switch' allegiances, 'IF' VW North America brings the GTD with AWD/4motion here to the U.S.! 2/3's of our country gets snow (not to mention skier's/snowboarders/outdoors enthusiasts), so AWD should be a 'No-Brainer' option...!!! I'm positive, VW would sell EVERY one it built!!!!

  • mrbill757 mrbill757 Posts:

    I'm ready with my deposit!!! Need an automatic since an automatic is all she can handle!!! Maybe the uninformed Americans who voted for our current White House occupant will finally figure out that diesel is the future. A real threat to farmers though, since 45% of all corn is grown for ethynol. Diesels will put a lot of farmers out of business. Expect a lot of opposition from the left if VW begins to flood the market with fuel saving vehicles like these, especially if they're priced right.

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