The onslaught of performance Volkswagen Golf Mk8 models is in full swing, with the confirmation that the diesel-powered Golf GTD will make its debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.

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The single image released by the German carmakers shows the hot oiler will wear the same big-grille fascia as the GTE plug-in hybrid, with a honeycomb mesh pattern and five-piece, race-flag-inspired LED daytime-running lights.

Pitched as the more wallet-friendly alternative to the iconic GTI, the new GTD is set to be powered by a redesigned 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder – dubbed ‘EA288 Evo’ – which first debuted in regular variants of the new Golf.

Volkswagen’s press materials boldly claim the new mill is “one of the cleanest combustion engines in the world”, thanks to ‘twin dosing’ technology that uses two catalytic converters – each with AdBlue injection – to catch and reduce nitrogen oxide as opposed to just one, cutting NOx emissions by up to 80 per cent.

If a recent leaked slideshow from @cochespias is to be believed, the GTD’s TDI motor will develop 147kW of power – a noticable upgrade over the Mk7.5’s 135kW figure. A torque increase is expected to complement the power bump, likely to 400Nm from its predecessor’s 380Nm claim.

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTD will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show, set to kick off for the world’s media on March 3. Stay tuned to Redline for the full reveal.

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