The new MQB chassis has been recently unveiled by the German based automaker Volkswagen, and it will represent more than a modular platform which can be adapted for use on a variety of models.
According to the car manufacturer, this new MQB platform can be described as the new Volkswagen Golf, the new Skoda Octavia or the new Audi A3, because this chassis will underpin a wide majority of VW models, starting from Polo-sized vehicles to Passat-sized ones. Volkswagen says that this new chassis will allow the use of new drive systems, hi-tech equipment levels and even an iPad-style infotainment system, and perhaps the most expected model to roll off the assembly line, to use this platform, will be the Golf MK VII.
The new generation of the Volkswagen Golf will come with both petrol and diesel engines under the hood, and the petrol line-up will consist of the 1.2 TSI turbo four-cylinder unit, with 84 BHP or 104 BHP and the 1.4 liter TSI four-cylinder turbo with 120 BHP or 138 BHP, and the latter has already made its debut on the new Audi A1 Sportback, with cylinder deactivation system which helps improve the fuel economy.
The VW Golf VII will also come as a hybrid, on the same MQB platform, and it will be powered by the 1.4 TSI engine and a 20 kW electric motor, to generate a total output of 145 BHP and a peak torque of 250 Nm. A plug-in hybrid is also in the works, with an 80 kW motor, returning an average 141 mpg and emitting less than 46 g/km of CO2.
The diesel lineup in the new Golf will consist of 1.6 and 2.0 liter TDI engines, which power ranging from 89 BHP to 187 BHP, and even if there is no official word on a BlueMotion version, this will most likely come at a later time. For the new Golf, six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic transmissions will become available.