Several hazy photos leaked onto various Brazilian forums in the past several days, and accordingly VW has responded with a single high-res picture of its own. This third-generation Gol – marketed as Gol V due to the last two restylings of the second-gen being branded as Gol III and Gol IV- represents a true revolution in the car’s history. While its predecessors featured archaic longitudinally-mounted engines, the new Gol is built on the same transverse platform as the current Polo and Fox. Its engines are also shared with those models, namely a 1.0L and a 1.6L straight-four engine. In the Brazilian market, the engines run both with gasoline and ethanol, as is the case with 85% of new cars sold there.
The 5-door hatchback pictured is just the Gol’s family’s first bodystyle. A four-door sedan is expected to return to the lineup in late 2008, possibly with the nameplate Voyage, whereas the pickup and wagon version (Saveiro and Parati respectively) will be released in 2009. Volkswagen has confirmed that the current Gol will remain for sale until demand declines.
Source: Motor Authority