Volkswagen GTI confirmed for Geneva debut

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2020 VW Golf GTI rendering lead image

The Golf R would allegedly arrive a few months later at Goodwood.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, according to the automaker's invitation for the event to the motoring press. Autocar reports the GTD will also premiere there, and the latest Golf R will have an unveiling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.

How we expect the GTI to look:

Autocar claims the new GTI uses an updated version of the existing model's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that would make 242 bhp (181 kilowatts) in standard trim and 287 bhp (214 kW) for a more powerful trim. A six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox would be available. Contrary to a recent report, this story alleges that the powertrain wouldn't have mild-hybrid assistance. 

Folks who would prefer a diesel engine can opt for the GTD. Reports indicate it would make 197 bhp (147 kW) from a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine powering the front wheels. Like the GTI, customers would be able to select between a manual or dual-clutch gearbox.

The range-topping Golf R would make at least 300 bhp (224 kW), and a more powerful trim level could have around 395 bhp (294 kW). Like previous models, it would have all-wheel drive.

The plug-in hybrid GTE will offer electrified performance in the Golf lineup and will also arrive in 2020. The model will be available with 201 bhp (150 kW) and 241 bhp (180 kW). Both will use 13-kilowatt-hour batteries.