Reports indicate the redesigned Volkswagen Golf will, for the most part, be unavailable in the U.S. Only its Golf R variant will make its way here. However, recent reports also indicate a redesigned version of the GTI will also be a part of the U.S. lineup when it arrives in 2021.
There is not a lot of fat to chew about the 2021 Volkswagen GTI, as the automaker has kept things mostly under wraps. The few spy shots of the base Golf floating around the web give us a basic idea of what to expect. The above teaser image from Volkswagen suggests a sleek, evolutionary move forward.
Images for the next GTI show the same general proportions as the current car but with a harder slope near the front of the hood that results in a thinner grille and more compact wraparound headlights. Around back, the lights sport thinner, more angular units. The GTI will spice up this design with performance wheels, a more aggressive front bumper and air inlets, and a sportier rear bumper.
The 2021 VW GTI’s interior takes its cues fromt the latest Jetta GLI. Like the GLI, the GTI gains a clean cabin with very few knobs and buttons cluttering things up, an available LCD gauge cluster, and an larger touchscreen infotainment system. It also boasts many of the Jetta GLI’s sporty touches, like heavier seat bolstering, a flat-bottom steering wheel, red ambient lighting and contrast stitching, and more.
Underhood, the 2021 VW GTI sees an increase in power. It will continue with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. However, power jumps to 245 European spec horsepower (about 241 horsepower for North American spec) and 273 lb-ft of torque. This is a 13 unit uptick from the current model's 228 horsepower. This could indicate that the Golf R may be getting a similar power boost as well.
Volkswagen also announced the addition of the GTE, a plug-in hybrid variant, and the GTD, a turbocharged diesel option. It is not likely that these models will be coming to the U.S.
Safety equipment remains uncertain, but with the current Jetta GLI boasting standard automatic emergency braking, we’d expect at least the same from the next-gen GTI. Other safety goodies, like lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise are sure to be available too.