The GTD has been a popular choice in the Golf range – offering drivers a great mix of performance and efficiency with its 2.0-litre diesel engine.
The same engine from the outgoing car is set to be used in the new eighth-generation Golf, too, though a power boost from 181bhp and 197bhp is expected. The German firm says this will bring performance benefit, though it’s also claiming that the model is more efficient and will come with reduced emissions.
Nitrous Oxide levels have also been cut thanks to two new catalytic converters and further AdBlue technology, while Volkswagen boldly claims that the TDI engine is ‘one of the cleanest combustion engines in the world’.
Further styling cues also separate it from the regular Golf, including the intricate LED daytime running lights and the LED light bar, which stretch between the two headlights.
The new Golf GTD will be unveiled on March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s expected to be shown alongside the new Golf GTI and R hot hatches – bolstering the number of sporty derivatives available. A GTE plug-in hybrid is also expected to go on sale in the near future.