What's new and coming soon
This page covers all our newly released models and details for models coming in the near future. If you want to find out more about some of the Volkswagen concepts visit our future cars page.
Volkswagen Polo to gain new engines and technology
The Volkswagen Polo is to be updated with a range of new technologies and efficient engines, along with a makeover inside and out. The latest iteration of Volkswagen’s best-selling supermini which will feature these changes is due for launch this summer. Chief among the changes for the Polo – over 14 million of which have been sold worldwide since its introduction in 1975 – is a range of advanced technology features that will be familiar to drivers of the latest Golf, as Volkswagen continues to democratise technology that advances safety, practicality, comfort and efficiency. All new Polos will be equipped as standard with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance or consequences of a second impact. Options include a Driver Alert System and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Automatic Cruise Control. Full details will be available when the new Polo opens for ordering in the UK in April. First deliveries are expected in late July.
The e-Golf The classic is now Electric
e-Golf: fully electric hatchback with batteries included
Based on the World Car of the Year and European Car of The Year 2013, The e-Golf is the first fully electric production version of the iconic Golf. Using the combined charging system (CCS) and a DC supply the e-Golf can be fully recharged (at levels of up to 40 kW) to 80 per cent capacity in just 35 minutes. It can also be charged from a household three-pin socket using cable provided. With a 230-Volt, 2.3 kW supply, this recharges the battery in 13 hours. An optional wall box for home use provides 3.6 kW supply and can recharge a flat battery in eight hours. The AC electric motor produces 85 kW / 115 PS and 270 Nm of torque and has a top speed of 87 mph. Accelerating 0-62 mph in 10.4 seconds. Depending on driving style, charge level and ambient conditions, the e-Golf has a range of 118 miles. An optional heat pump helps deliver maximum range in winter. This add-on module for the electric heating and air conditioning uses heat from both ambient air and the vehicle’s drive systems, significantly reducing electricity consumption. It can increase the e-Golf’s range in winter by up to 20 per cent. The e-Golf goes on sale in the UK in mid-2014, when more details will be announced
The Golf GTE The plug-in hybrid with GTI dynamics
The Golf GTE
Volkswagen has unveiled the first pictures of the Golf GTE – a new plug-in hybrid version of the multi-award-winning Golf hatchback that combines the benefits of electric mobility with the dynamics of a Golf GTI.
The Golf GTE makes its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor. It provides the fifth variety of drive type for the Golf, which is now available with petrol, diesel, natural gas (not in the UK), electric and hybrid power. The name of the Golf GTE reflects its position in the line-up alongside the iconic petrol-powered GTI and the diesel GTD. Where ‘GT’ stands for ‘Gran Tourismo’, ‘I’ stands for ‘Injection’, ‘D’ for Diesel and ‘E’ for Electricity.
Full details including pricing will be available when the new Golf GTE opens for ordering in the UK in late August. First deliveries are expected before the end of 2014.
XL1 coming 2014
The world’s most fuel-efficient car, the Volkswagen XL1, which was first unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show in 2011, has now been confirmed for an initial production run of 250 examples. Pioneering construction techniques, an advanced plug-in hybrid drivetrain and innovative packaging all play a part in allowing the XL1 to return 313 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 24 g/km of CO2 to set a new benchmark for vehicle efficiency. In both its styling and packaging the XL1 draws on lessons learned from the 1-Litre car (2002) and the L1 concept (2009). The XL1 has evolved to feature staggered seating with the driver and passenger placed next to each other in a body structure made from advanced new materials providing immense strength yet weighing just 230 kg. The XL1 will be produced at Volkswagen’s Osnabrück factory in Germany and is coming to the UK 2014.
New Golf R
UK customers can now place their orders for the most powerful production Golf yet, the 300 PS Golf R, ahead of the first deliveries in March 2014. At the heart of the R is a newly developed version of the four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged EA888 TSI petrol engine used in the latest Golf GTI, but in this application producing 300 PS from 5,500 to 6,200 rpm and 380 Nm (280 lbs ft) from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm. Compared with the GTI’s powerplant, the Golf R’s engine has a modified cylinder head, exhaust valves, valve seats and springs, pistons, injection valves and turbocharger. The new Golf R is the fastest-accelerating production Golf yet, with a 0 to 62 mph time of just 5.3 seconds (compared with 5.7 seconds for the previous model), or 4.9 seconds when fitted with the optional six-speed DSG gearbox. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
Golf Sportsvan concept coming mid-2014
Volkswagen revealed the first images of the Golf Sportsvan Concept, the successor to the Golf Plus, which made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).
The new model is based, like the multi-award-winning Golf hatchback, on the MQB platform, and incorporates all the advanced technology of that car, but in a larger, even more practical body style. Its exterior design clearly follows the look of both the Golf, and Volkswagen’s more generic ‘DNA’.
As well as this versatility, the Golf Sportsvan also offers extra space. Compared with that of its predecessor, boot capacity is increased by 74 litres to 498 litres (versus the Golf’s 380 litres), with the back seats at their rear-most position. Moving the rear seats forwards increases the luggage capacity to 585 litres, while folding the rear seats liberates up to 1,512 litres of room. The front passenger seat can optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,484 mm long.
Powering the Sportsvan will be a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which conform to Euro 6 emissions standards and incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. There are four turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engines with 85, 110, 125 and 150 PS and three turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150 PS, a 1.6-litre 90 PS and a 1.6-litre 110 PS for the Sportsvan BlueMotion. This is expected to return fuel economy of 76.3 mpg and emit 95 g/km of CO2. All engines (but the 85 PS) can be ordered with a DSG gearbox.
The Golf Sportsvan is expected to go on sale in the UK in mid-2014. It will not use the Sportsvan name in the UK; naming will be confirmed closer to launch.
The new e-up! now open for order
Volkswagen is writing a new chapter in mobility in presenting its first fully electric production vehicle: the new e-up!. The four-seat car - which operates with nearly zero noise - was shown at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg. The new e-up! impresses with its driving range of 150 km and excellent everyday practicality. Innovations that fascinate: the e-up! offers entry to a new pioneering vehicle concept with an electric drive and four seats. It is ideal for commuters or as an innovative second car. It can handle distances of up to 150 km effortlessly. Afterwards, the e-up! can be recharged to as much as 80 per cent of its energy storage capacity within 30 minutes. With nearly zero noise, the e-up! is powered by an electric motor with 60 kW / 82 PS peak power - without any disturbing gearshift interruptions or powertrain noise. Its continuous power is 40 kW / 55 PS. Its maximum torque of 210 Newton meters is available immediately with the first revolution. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h within 14 seconds and reaches a top speed of 135 km/h. The lithium-ion battery integrated in the underfloor area has a total energy storage capacity of 18.7 Kilowatt-hours (kWh); this means that the car can cover up to 150 km (per NEDC) on a single charge thanks to its low vehicle weight of 1,185 kg.