The third generation of Volkswagen's ultra-efficient Golf TDI BlueMotion has been revealed: and it is set to far surpass the previous generation's impressive fuel economy credentials.
Originally introduced as a concept last September at the Paris Motor Show, the new model is set to offer fuel consumption at 73.5mpg with CO2 emissions at a meagre 85g/km. That's a 15 per cent improvement compared to the previous generation.
The Golf BlueMotion first made its debut back in 2007 when Volkswagen set a new benchmark for sustainability and fuel consumption at 52.3mpg and 119g/km. The second generation, debuting in 2009, offered fuel economy of 61.9mpg and CO2 emissions at 99g/km. Now, the third generation model has gone even further.
So how has it achieved the improvements?
Aerodynamics has certainly been at the heart of the progress with the vehicle achieving a Cd value of 0.27. It includes a lowered chassis; a radiator grille closed to the outside; under-floor panels; and a roof spoiler. Curb weight meanwhile, has been reduced by 49kg.
A new TDI engine has also been introduced. It can produce 81kW from 3,200-4,000rpm and is equipped with a common rail injection that develops maximum torque of 250Nm at 1,500-3,000rpm. The engine also includes a NOx storage catalytic converter and diesel particulate filter to reduce harmful emissions even further.
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