Golf BlueMotion concept: The most fuel-efficient Golf ever
The new Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion concept is rolling into Paris and makes its premier this week. The Golf BlueMotion concept comes with a fuel-sipping diesel DTI that gets a highly efficient 73 mpg. This makes the new compact car, Volkswagens most fuel-efficient Golf of all time. The first generation of the Golf BlueMotion made its debut five years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, and in late 2007, the car came to the market. The second generation BlueMotion was introduced in Geneva in 2009. Now the third generation model is 15 percent more efficient than any of its predecessors.
Diesels have always been highly efficient engines, and with the latest technology, VW shows that they can be some of the stingiest engines in the world. The new BlueMotion concept is powered by a newly developed 1.6-liter TDI (turbo diesel). The four-cylinder turbodiesel uses the latest direct injection and develops 110 horsepower and 184 lb ft of torque.
Volkswagen engineers were able to reduce the internal friction of the 1.6-liter diesel using various measures and technology. It uses an innovative thermal management system that shortened the warm up phase, an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), a cylinder pressure sensor, a two-stage oil pump, a switchable water pump and a water-cooled charge air cooler directly in the intake manifold converge. All contribute to the excellent fuel economy.
The new BlueMotion concept also benefits from a light weight construction that reduces weight. It also uses super-rolling resistance tires with higher air pressure, and higher gearing in the five-speed manual transmission. All new Golf standard features will include a start-stop system and recuperation as well as exterior aerodynamic modifications giving the new compact car more wind resistance.
Other aerodynamic improvements include a lowered suspension, a roof spoiler, side air deflectors on the rear window, an enclosed radiator grille, an optimized air cooler, special underbody panels, optimized brake cooling ducts and new C -pillar spoilers. The Golf BlueMotion achieves a drag coefficient of 0.27, making it one of the best vehicles in its class.
Before now, the economical Golf was offered in only one BlueMotion model. When Volkswagen brings it to production, they will offer it in two equipment versions, Trendline and Comfortline. The Golf will be offered with 15 and 16-inch wheel sizes wrapped in rolling resistance tires.
Look for the all-new Golf BlueMotion third generation TDI turbodiesel to hit showrooms in Europe next summer.