By Drew Johnson
Monday, Dec 15th, 2008 @ 12:29 pm
 
Volkswagen recently launched the sixth-generation of its popular Golf hatchback, and now comes word from the German automaker that the new model will be available with the company's 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

Although VW mostly uses its 4MOTION system on performance-minded models - such as the R32 - the only "pedestrian' Golf slated to get the AWD option will be the diesel-powered Golf 2.0 TDI. VW says there just isn't sufficient demand to warrant offering 4MOTION on other Golf models, but the combination of AWD and diesel power should give buyers a highly-efficient all-weather car.

The AWD oil burner will produce 140 horsepower, sending that power to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The 0-60 sprint will be dealt with in 9.5 seconds, with the Golf 4MOTION TDI reaching a terminal velocity of 128 mph.

VW is keeping mum about North American availability, but, as there are no current plans to bring the diesel-powered Golf to this side of the Atlantic, we don't foresee the North American Golf losing its front-wheel drive roots anytime soon.