All-New 2015 VW Golf Priced from $17,995, GTI from $24,395 in the U.S.

Volkswagen has announced U.S. pricing for the all-new, seventh-generation 2015 Golf, which goes on sale this August. The most affordable model is the two-door Golf Launch Edition model with a manual transmission, available for $17,995 (€13,069), plus $820 destination and handling.

The regular VW Golf will be available in the U.S. with two or four doors and with two powertrains: a 170hp 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TSI gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission and a 150hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel TDI Clean Diesel, fitted with a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

VW says that the 1.8-liter TSI is up to 20 percent more fuel-efficient on the highway cycle than the outgoing 2.5-liter gasoline engine. The base Golf TDI starts from $21,995, making it more than $3,000 cheaper than the outgoing model.

Standard features of the limited-availability entry Golf Launch Edition include a standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod integration, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and  Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (APCBS).

VW also announced a base price for the 2015 Golf GTI, which starts from $24,395 for the two-door S version, $700 less than the outgoing model. The 290hp 2015 Golf R will go on sale in the USA during the first quarter of next year, while sales of the 2015 e-Golf electric vehicle will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 in select states.

By Dan Mihalascu

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