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2020 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTD teased ahead of Geneva reveal

Car Buyer logo Car Buyer 14/02/2020 Ben Hodges
a close up of a car: 2020 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTD teased ahead of Geneva reveal © Carbuyer 2020 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTD teased ahead of Geneva reveal

The new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTD will be revealed at the forthcoming 2020 Geneva Motor Show early next month. According to VW, it will be the most efficient Golf GTD yet.

A series of recent leaks about performance models of the new Golf suggest the new GTD will arrive this summer alongside the new eighth-generation Golf GTI. This will be followed by a new range-topping Golf R, which will arrive towards the end of 2020.

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Few details have been confirmed, with VW only revealing that the new car will use a four-cylinder diesel engine. We expect this engine to be a turbocharged 2.0-litre that could boast around 197bhp, as per a recent leak.

The only technical details revealed by the manufacturer confirm that the new car will use the firm’s new SCR exhaust gas treatment system as seen on TDI versions of the latest Volkswagen Passat. Dubbed ‘twin dosing,’ this system uses Adblue (an additive used to reduce harmful diesel emissions), which is sent directly into the exhaust systems catalytic converters, helping to reduce the car’s NOx emissions compared with the old model.

VW says this new technology makes the new Golf GTD the most efficient ever made, with the lowest emissions in the history of the model, as well as improved responsiveness and performance.

The teaser image released by the firm gives little away as to the styling of the new car, with only a pair of sporty looking fog lamps visible. Like the previous generation models, the new GTD will get broadly similar styling to the forthcoming GTI model with sportier looking front and rear bumpers, tinted rear lights, a rear spoiler and twin exhausts.

Inside, the new Golf GTD will have a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and 10-inch infotainment touchscreen system, as already seen in the standard Mk8 Golf. It will feature Amazon Alexa voice assistance, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Car2X networking functionality. As with previous versions, the GTD is likely to get the black and grey tartan seat upholstery traditionally used in performance Golfs.

Want to know more about the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf? Read out in-depth drive review for everything you need to know.

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