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Volkswagen Golf Mk7 to launch all-new entry-level model in April

It appears that the entry-level Volkswagen Golf 77TSI will be ditched for the late April arrival of the all-new seventh-generation small car.

This new entry model will feature a lot of new equipment, but details are sketchy at best at this point in time. What has been confirmed however is that the 77TSI will be dropped from the range because it just wouldn’t make sense alongside the new model.

This does give the impression that Volkswagen will be going for the 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 63kW and 160Nm as the powertrain for the new entry-level model, rather than the same-sized engine tuned to produce 77kW and 175Nm.

This would mean a large performance ‘jump’ to the 103kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine which will also be part of the Golf Mk7 line-up.

The Mk7 will see the re-introduction of a Golf model featuring a torsion beam rear suspension in place of the multi-link suspension that has been used in all of the Golf models since 2005, however this will only be available for the entry-level car – all the Golf models with less than 90kW will get the simpler and cheaper rear suspension design.

It is not yet known if this model will be a backwards step in terms of dynamics since no entry-level Volkswagen Golf models were shown at the international launch late last year.

Considering the low amount of information that is known about this new entry-level model, one can only speculate as to what the price point will be, however it has been said that the prices for all Golf models would rise on the switch to the Mk7.

They plan on making this change even though the regular driveaway pricing policy during the Golf Mk6 run-out period did improve sales volume quite substantially.

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