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DETROIT — Volkswagen is seriously considering bringing its economical Golf GTD hot hatchback to America next year.
Sources at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show confirmed that the diesel-powered GTD would be shown alongside the Golf VII GTI at this year's 2013 Geneva Auto Show in March.
"Sales of our diesels have been rising in the U.S. and there's been a wide push internally to include more diesel variants of more models for buyers here," a Volkswagen source said.
"This time that might mean the GTD comes to the U.S., which would be critical to the image of diesels because this will be fast and will sound fantastic."
The car is expected to have as much as 185 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, but will be more notable for its low-rev torque and its ability to eke more mileage out of its fuel tank.
Already a raging success in Europe, where fuel prices regularly hover at $10-$12 a gallon, the next-generation GTD is expected to make around 280 pound-feet of torque from as little as 1,750 rpm. It should hit speeds of up to 152 mph and boast a 0-62-mph time of around seven seconds.
It's also expected to be around 20 percent more economical than the GTI, a concept of which was shown during October at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The current GTD delivers around 42 mpg, and the jump to the seventh generation's more advanced architecture is expected to improve that by around 20 percent to around 50 mpg.
Volkswagen sold around 20,000 Golf hatchbacks in the U.S. in 2012 and the brand sold more than 90,000 diesel-powered cars in the U.S. last year.
Edmunds says: Given the popularity of Volkswagen's diesel offerings in the U.S., a Golf GTD should have no problem justifying its place in the revamped Golf lineup, especially with the recent announcement of Golf production in Mexico.