Spy Illustration Front
Volkswagen’s goal with the retooled Golf/Rabbit is to build the car on the existing platform, but with significant upgrades to remain viable in an increasingly competitive global premium compact market. Another goal is to cut the cost of building the car by making it simpler to assemble in a shorter time period. Currently it takes VW almost twice as long as its main competitors to get a Golf out the door – a profit-killing fact that must change for the company’s major breadwinner.
As shown in this spy illustration, the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit adopts emerging VW design cues while retaining the two-box hatchback design known and loved around the world.
Spy Illustration Rear
Since this is a refresh and not a complete redesign, we expect the current Rabbit’s engine lineup to carry over. For America, this means a standard 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine making 150 horsepower, an available TDI turbodiesel capable of getting about 45 mpg on the highway, and a fun turbocharged 2.0-liter good for 200 ponies and a fat wad of torque across a wide rev range. That engine goes into the performance-oriented GTI model, which is expected to continue in three- and five-door format.
Current Rabbit Front
Current Rabbit Rear
BMW 1 Series
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