Year after year, popular releases tend to revolve around fuel economy and technology, and not that we’re not into those things, but we’d like some big performance breakthroughs too! Though Volkswagen has released something that is on the economical end of performance, the new Golf BlueMotion concept.
Powered by a new 1.6-liter TDI, this little engine can carry you 75 miles on one gallon of fuel. With 110 hp, five seats and a top speed of 125 mph, the Golf BlueMotion can fit a family safely and comfortable. This third generation Golf will be available in summer 2013, not here of course…
With fuel consumption reduced by 15%, Volkswagens goal to continually offere better fuel efficiency has been achieved. The new Golf BlueMotion has a healthy 13 gallon fuel tank, paired with its stellar gas mileage, giving it a range of an insane 972 miles. Yes, if the car were here, you could just about drive from New York City to Jacksonville, FL without filling up even once. What else does this mean for your wallet? If you drive an average of 9300 miles a year you can get away with only filling up; wait for it… 10 times a year.
To help on all ends, the new Golf BlueMotion is also “lighter, leaner, more efficient.” Between the lightweight design, engine-related modifications, super low rolling resistance tires with high air pressure, longer gear ratios on a 5-speed manual box, a Start/Stop system and battery regeneration mode, the new Golf is made for efficiency.
The TDI motor pumping this hatch to success churns up 185 lb-ft of torque at an insanely low 1500rpm and it’s available up to 2750rpm. Various measures and technologies such as reduced internal friction, an innovative thermal management system with shortened warm-up phase, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), cylinder pressure sensor, two-stage oil pump, switching water pump and water-cooled intercooler right in the intake manifold result in successfully reducing fuel consumption and emissions. And for even more emissions help, To reduce emissions values further, Volkswagen has also implemented an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter.
The Golf BlueMotion will be offered in two trim levels, Trendline and Comfortline, which is a new thing for the BlueMotion all together as it was only offered in one level previously. The Comfortline is the way to go, it’s the most extensive of the two. It comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, ParkPilot front and rear, a more exclusive instrument cluster, sliding drawers under the front seats, the new Composition Touch radio system including SD card interface and a fatigue detection system. Also included are front comfort seats with lumbar supports, cargo pass-through option and centre armrest on the rear bench seat, chrome look for the rotary light switch and mirror adjustment switches, storage pockets on the backrests of the front seats, a storage bin with lid in the roofliner, a 12V accessory outlet in the boot, illuminated vanity mirrors, fabric floor mats and leather-trimmed steering wheel and leather gear shift grip.
Now, if only Volkswagen would bring the car here we’d be pretty happy to pilot one around. Fortunately they’re pretty good about bringing European technology over if not the cars themselves.