On the eve of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf official premiere, let’s remember the pioneering Mk4, which was a style icon, in opinion of design experts.
The 8th-generation VW Golf will debut in 3 days, on October, 24, 2019 at a special event in Wolfsburg, Germany under the banner of “Life Happens with a Golf”.
Fans vainly hoped to see it at the September show in Frankfurt. Well, it arrives, at last, to continue the history of the brand’s European best-seller.
It is coming to “set new standards with its unmistakable design, intelligent digitalization, networked assistance systems, and the entire range of efficient and electrified powertrains.”
We’d like to remember the 4th-generaion model, whose arrival opened a new page in the history of this iconic car.
The Golf Mk 4 is considered to be a pioneer for the product line, which set the course for future Golfs and provided a new quality standard.
Its clear-cut lines and striking C-pillar design bridged the gap to the 1974 Golf Mk1. It is also the first Gold with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and navigation systems.
How was it? Let’s see the chronology:
- In 1997, the model achieved very high body quality level, thanks to such elements as laser welding; it got blue instrument lighting, a new 4MOTION all-wheel drive and the first-ever navigation system with large color screen.
- In 1998, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) became optionally available;
- In 1999, ESC became standard, a 6-speed gearbox was first offered.
- In 2002, VW launched the first Golf with direct petrol injection engine (FSI), a top-range R32 model debuted, that was the first to use a dual clutch gearbox (DSG).
- A year later, the company phased out the 4th generation after it produced 4.99 million vehicles.