Doesn’t feel like the Mk6 Golf has been around for very long, after all the Golf TSI was just launched in Malaysia, bringing the entry price point into Golf ownership and the whole Volkswagen downsized turbocharged twin-clutch experience lower for us heavily taxed folks. But Volkswagen is already planning the 7th-generation Golf, and it’s set to be launched sometime in late 2012 or early 2013.

Volkswagen will retire its collection of different-sized front engine, front-wheel-drive platforms (PQ25, PQ35, and PQ46) for a new set of components called the MQB platform, which is German for Modular Transverse Matrix (Modularer Querbaukasten). MQB allows Volkswagen to design various different transverse front engine front wheel drive vehicles using the same component matrix, picked and mixed in a Lego-like fashion.

MQB also has a ‘sister platform’ called MLB (Modularer Langsbaukasten or Modular Longitudinal Matrix)) which is used in Volkswagen Group cars with longitudinal engines, like the Audi A4 and Q5.

The Mk7 Golf will likely have interior space improvements as MQB is reportedly significantly more space-efficient compared to the PQ range of platforms, and it should also line Volkswagen’s coffers more handsomely than the Mk5 and the Mk6 thanks to MQB cars on average being 20% cheaper to produce by design.

The space gained can also be used to fit the extra components needed for a hybrid version of the Golf. Word is that the Mk7 Golf will bring the Golf’s wheelbase up from the Mk5 and Mk6’s 2,578mm to around 2,630mm.

It seems there’s already one MQB-based vehicle out there – the new Volkswagen Sharan launched in the first half of 2010. The platform is quite versatile, being able to be used for a big “XL-sized” Sharan as well as a compact “M-sized” Golf.

Renderings by Theophilus Chin.