Special “Gran Turismo Diesel” To Be Revealed
What Is it?
The VW Golf GTD Estate promises “sporty yet economical motoring” and will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015.
Since 1982, “GTD” has stood for Gran Turismo Diesel. The purpose of these models is to mate high performance with low fuel consumption.
The GTD Estate sits lower to the ground than some of its siblings thanks to the sports suspension. It also has progressive steering that - VW says - “gives a sharper response during high performance driving” and ensures “greater comfort in ordinary conditions”.
Its sporty nature is emphasised by exterior styling that includes GTD bumpers, a honeycomb grille, smoked rear lights and flared sills. These complement the 17-inch Curitiba alloy wheels, black roof rails, bi-xenon headlights and dual chrome exhaust tailpipes.
What Are The Engine Options?
The Golf GTD Estate is powered by a 2.0-litre, 184PS, diesel engine that propels it to 62mph in 7.9 seconds. This power plant – that produces 380Nm of torque – averages 64.2mpg (provisional figure).
What Are The Trim Options?
GTD is the trim. The full specification has not been confirmed but includes: sports seats, illuminated door sills, black head liner and pillar trim and stainless steel peddles. The steering wheel has aluminium trim and the gear knob is shaped like a golf ball.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
Optional extras include the Sports and Design Package that adds 18-inch wheels, red brake callipers and tinted windows to the mix.
It also includes a driving mode select function that - based on its siblings – could include eco, sport and normal. Eco tunes the engine response to maximise fuel efficiency whereas sport sharpens it.
How Much Is It?
Volkswagen plans to take orders from April 2015, but prices have not been confirmed. Customer deliveries should start in June 2015.