Volkswagen’s official announcement that it was working on a ten-speed, dual-clutch transmission,
Auto Express has it on «good authority» that the new transmission will end up in the next
GTI, GTD and
Golf R. The brand’s current seven-speed will be retained for lesser eight-generation
While the new gearbox won’t be limited to just the higher-end
the new hatchback, expected in 2017, will be the first to get it,
Auto Express reports. The new DSG is the same size as the
Volkswagen Group’s seven-speed dual-clutch, and will easily fit into VAG’s
MQB platform, so we should expect it to filter into the rest of the Group’s vehicles, much like the seven-speed ‘box has.
The ten-speed is likely to see applications beyond even the small cars of the MQB platform. The gearbox can handle 405 pound-feet of torque, according to AE, making its application in larger offerings such as the gas-powered MLB cars and
crossovers a likelihood.
Beyond the new gearbox, Volkswagen is also toying with mild-hybrid tech for the standard Golf and better
batteries for the
e-Golf. As we said, expect the new Golf to arrive in European markets in 2017, with the current Euro-market Golf getting updated next year. As for the US, we wouldn’t be surprised if
VW followed the trail blazed by the Mark 7, with a North American arrival for the eight-gem Golf slated for a year or so after sales in Europe begin.