Revealed: The 2013 Volkswagen Golf

One of the world’s most iconic names has been reborn with the launch of the brand new Mk7 Golf  from Volkswagen.

The model, set to be debuted at this month’s Paris Motor Show, had its reveal party for motoring journalists from numerous publications on Tuesday evening in Berlin. The car looks to have continued the sharp styling from recent VW models such as the new Passat CC.

VW claim that an all-new design will make the Mk7 Golf roomier, lighter (by 100kg), safer and more economical, the interior has also been revamped and is now a little more plush than the outgoing Mk6.

The Mk7’s engines at launch (November for the UK) will feature two turbo-charged petrol units; a 1.2 litre version that will have a decent 85bhp on tap, whilst the 1.4 plant will give a more than nippy 138bhp. Both, claim VW, will make a return of around 57-58mpg thanks to a clever system that shuts off two of the four cylinders when between 1400 and 4000rpm.

Mk7 Golf Rear - Anything MotorTwo diesel engines will also be available in 1.6 and 2.0 guises; both have been reworked, with the latter even more so. The 1.6 will have 103bhp available and the 2.0 148bhp.

VW’s fantastically frugal BlueMotion variant will come as a version of the 1.6 and compared to the standard’s 74.3mpg and 99g/km CO2 emissions, the BlueMotion should give around 88.3mpg and an improved CO2 level of just 85g/km.

More work has been done apart from the weight saving and engine technology to bring down emissions; all cars will be fitted with stop-start and brake energy recuperation systems as standard.

There will be a total of six different variants in body style. The traditional three and five door models, the high-roof five-door hatch of the Golf Plus, an estate, a four-door saloon CC model and the two-door cabrio version.

Of course there will be more excitement reserved for the reveal of the GTI and R models that are expected early next year. However, those lucky enough to be going to the Paris Motor Show might just be able to see the new GTI in concept form.