Later this year we expect the official premiere of the 8th-generation Volkswagen Golf. A fan of the model photographed a production car with almost no camouflage in Germany and published the shots on Instagram.
The vehicle in the photos looks like on a preview sketch and renders and features an evolutionary exterior design (new grille and lights styling, sharper lines, more pronounced wheel arches, etc). The next Golf is based on revised variant of today’s MQB platform, which becomes more light-weighted.
The Golf Mk8 goes into production in fall 2019. There will be a version with 48V mild hybrid powertrain and a gas-powered modification, but no new all-electric Golf. For EVs VW launches its separate ID family.
The next Mk8 will have levels of autonomy, connectivity, fuel efficiency. It offers more space for passengers and cargo than is normal for this segment, as well as a longer wheelbase and a wider track than the rivaling hatchbacks. The Mk8’s interior will be all-digital, where digital elements replace conventional instruments.
The new Volkswagen Golf Mk8 will get 12V mild-hybrid engines, 1.0- ,1.5- and 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel ones, including the new reworked TDI that comes in versions ranging from 137hp to 204hp. The 1.0-liter gasoline engine will not be turbocharged, as rumored, but directly assisted from a SGM (starter/generator motor).
As for a natural gas engine, it will be the TSI-based 1.5-liter turbo TGI Evo producing 131hp and 148lbft (201Nm) of torque on the Golf Mk7. It emits near 93g/km of CO2 (NEDC). Gas motors have lower level of NOx and particulate emissions than diesels.
The powertrains will come in combination with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Drive options will be front- and all-wheel (4Motion).
The next Golf GTI will also receive a mild hybrid powertrain. It should go on sale in 2020. The adoption of the 48V electrical system and integrated starter motor will make the hot hatch the most powerful series Golf GTI.