VW says nein to hybrid Golf GTI

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Words: Nile Bijoux
5 Feb 2019

The eighth-generation Golf is nearly upon us, with plenty of eyes turned to the Grand Tourer Injection flagship. At one stage it was almost a given that it would feature some sort of electrical assistance but now it looks like that isn’t the case.

Former VW Group chairman, Matthias Müller, was a big proponent of electrifying the next GTI but his successor, Herbert Diess, now has other plans. At least, according to the latest Internet intel.

As it stands, the eighth GTI will stick with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine but with power bumped to 188kW for the standard model. A new GTI TCR could offer as much as 213kW.

In even more good news for purists, the six-speed manual will carry over to the new generation, as will the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

For those still itching for a hybrid Golf, an electric motor and accompanying 48V electrical architecture will reportedly be used on lesser 1.5-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI versions of the hatchback.

Production of the eighth-generation Golf is scheduled to begin in June, with an official reveal around the same time.

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