It's been a long and frustrating journey for those of us following the developments on the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf these past few months, but finally, we have the first official images of the new compact hatchback that was revealed today in Berlin ahead of its public debut at next month's Paris Motor Show.
As anticipated, the exterior styling of the Mk7 is an evolution of the familiar Golf shape with the characteristic thick C-Pillars that has been around for decades with some new touches such as the small corner window on the front doors and the sharp line of the rear doors.
The new Golf also gets newly designed headlamps and tail lights that will incorporate LED fixtures (at least on some versions).
The interior styling of the car will also look familiar to owners of the current, sixth generation of the Golf, with the only really notable change being the center console that is angled towards the driver, much like what we see on BMW models.
While larger in dimensions and more spacious that the outgoing Golf, the new model is up to 100kg / 220 lbs lighter. VW recently told us that the 2013 Golf will be available with several new engines including the EA211 turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol unit with cylinder deactivation that produces 138hp (140PS).
More details are to be released soon, so stay tuned on CarScoop for more.
Photo Credits: VW via Autowp