Volkswagen Golf VIII is taking shape
As is fairly obvious from current TV adverts, VW is running out the Mk 7 Golf, with the eighth generation heading for production later this year, and a release early in 2020.
Preproduction examples have been spotted undisguised testing on public roads. External styling is described as evolutionary - think along the lines of an enlarged Polo - while new features include narrower headlights, more pronounced wheel arches and distinctive DRLs.
Volkswagen has just released an interior design sketch for the new model, revealing a much cleaner cabin layout. The new model will use a sizeable dual-screen instrument and infotainment display panel that stretches from the door to the midline of the car.
Digital updates, including a marked lack of conventional switches and a move to touch screens, mark out the eighth generation.
The e-Golf will be dropped from the line-up to avoid clashes with the ID hatch, and it’s likely three-door and estate body styles will also fall by the wayside. GTI and R versions will be updated.
New Golf will take aim at buyers who are downsizing from larger premiums by offering more cabin and luggage space (wheelbase and tracks expand), added refinement and top fuel economy.
Underpinning new Golf is an updated and lightened MQB platform. Most models will utilise a newly-developed 12V mild hybrid system, though top end models will get a compact, potent and fuel efficient 48V set-up. The 1.0-litre mill may drop its turbo and rely on the helper starter/generator motor instead.
Expect the new Golf Mk8 to be permanently connected to the Internet, enabling 3D satellite mapping, coasting for improved economy, and live information updates. Its Traffic Jam Assist semi-autonomous system will likely be smarter too.