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By Car Advice | February 27, 2012 10:23 PM PST

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An all-new Mk7 Volkswagen Golf prototype has been spotted testing in winter conditions. This is the first time a three-door wearing the all-new body has been spotted.

As previously reported, the Mk7 Golf will be built on Volkswagen Group's versatile MQB platform. The platform will underpin the new Audi A3, set to be unveiled at Geneva next week, as well as a number of new vehicles from various Volkswagen Group brands including Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda and Seat.

The new platform has been developed with a number of unique innovations, such as multi-collision brake technology. All variants will come equipped with this added safety feature which applies the brakes as soon as an initial impact is made, reducing the chances of a second follow-up collision.

Although covered in heavy camouflage, underneath sits the all-new Golf. Judging by the relatively small alloy wheels, this model is likely an entry-to-mid-level variant. It appears the model also features a glass roof, which could become an option for certain variants.

As for engine options, it's still a bit too early to know for sure. The new model is expected to come with a number of new petrol and diesel powertrains, including a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine producing approximately 50kW, right up to a new 1.8-litre engine for the GTI producing up to 165kW.

The new model is set to hit Europe later in the year overseas ahead of a 2013 launch in Australia.

- Car Advice

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