As we told you earlier, expect the Mk VII GTI to sit lower than the current car, which improves both stance and handling. Car Magazine confirms this, saying the new GTI will be some 30mm (1.2-inches) lower than the car it replaces. Aside from that detail and a more aggressive front-end treatment, don’t expect any radical styling changes.
The next Golf and GTI get an all-new chassis, called MQB in VW-speak. Volkswagen will use the steel-and-aluminum platform to build a wide variety of models, thus cutting production costs. The big advantage to consumers (aside from potential cost reductions) is weight savings, since the MQB promises to be nearly 90 pounds lighter than the platform it replaces.