The production spec of the Volkswagen Golf GTD has been spotted testing on the streets of Bangalore recently. What makes it unusual is that the Golf GTD has been most unlikely cars to be seen in India and another thing is that usually VW test mules are spotted near Pune where the factory is located but the car has been spotted near Bangalore hinting towards this Golf GTD is more likely being used as a test bed by Bosch R&D for emissions testing purposes.
One of the performance variants of the Mk7 Golf currently on sale in the international market, the Golf GTD comes loaded with LED headlights with twin-LED DRLs and LED tail lights along with a tweaked front bumper, twin exhaust tips and larger wheels compared to the standard Golf while inside it gets a 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel, twin-pod instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system. The power to the wheels come from a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which produces 181 BHP and 350 Nm of peak torque and comes paired with a 7-speed DSG.
The car is based on the VW’s MQB platform and is offered in both 3 door and 5 door versions for international markets, though if it makes its way to India, it is likely to be the five door version. The new diesel technology from Bosch is also being actively tested which is aimed at reducing NOx emissions to such an extent so as to comply with emission regulations that will come into effect by 2020. Though Volkswagen India has not given any official confirmation on the launch of the Golf GTD in India but looking at the testing, we can expect the VW Golf GTD to be launched in the country soon. VW India currently sells the Polo GTi in India and if this new Golf GTD is launched it could be priced between Rs 26-30 lakhs.
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