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Spy photographers in Europe have started spotting Golf 7 test mules out and about. While we can tell nothing whatsoever about the exterior design of the new car (the mules are Golf 7 underneath a Golf 6 body), we can see some mechanical changes. Volkswagen goes to great lengths to hide their future products and these cars are no exception. If you look closely you can see that the front and rear tracks are both wider. Overall width should be wider on the new car and the fuel filler door extension seen in these photos shows where the sheet metal will have to come out a bit more. Those rear fender flares are also disguising the fact that the wheel base will be slightly longer on the Golf 7. This means the overall length will be longer as you can see from the exhaust tips that are sticking out past the bumpers. Speaking of exhaust tips the spy shots show two different cars, one with the existing dual tip GTI-type exhaust and one with a new quad-tip exhaust. We’re not sure what to make of that yet. Those that have seen the new Golf 7 and Golf 7 GTI have been raving about how good it looks. We most often hear that if you like the Golf 6 you’ll love the Golf 7. We can’t wait to see it.
Tooling for the new Golf 7 is already underway in Wolfsburg. We expect to see the Golf 7 introduced in the fall of next year (2012) most likely at the Paris Motor Show. The GTI would likely follow a few months later. The German press has been reporting that 2.0T in the new GTI will get a version boosted to 230-240hp. Base engines for the U.S. market are likely to be a new 1.8T FSI and 2.0 TDI but that is subject to change. We’ll keep you posted if we hear more.
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