As we wait for its official premiere to take place in Wolfsburg, Germany in October, the Volkswagen Golf 8 has been caught in Madrid these days while filming promotional material.
Golf has been with us since 1974 and has sold over 35 million units over seven generations, and is currently offered in more than 100 countries. Given the importance of Golf for the entire VW Group, it is not surprising that the company has invested as much as € 1.8 billion in the new Golf 8.
The Wolfsburg plant in Germany will remain the most important for Golf production, as more than 2,000 copies of this model are produced there daily.
The Golf 8 will be based on VW’s MQB platform, and according to German sources, the car will be more practical, more powerful, economical and spacious, with more upmarket interiors and higher quality materials. Also, according to some earlier information, the Golf 8 will be slightly longer and wider, but about 50-70 kg lighter compared to the current Golf 7, while the trunk volume will be increased to around 400 liters.
Also mentioned are a new infotainment system with a touch screen, head-up display, gesture control technology and a digital instrument panel, and it should be noted that the number of buttons inside has been drastically reduced.
In terms of the appearance of the exterior, there is no need to spend too much words, since no drastic differences could be expected here compared to the established company design vocabulary. Volkswagen plays it safe and there simply cannot be any experiments.
It should be mentioned here that there will no longer be a three-door version in the range, while the caravan Golf 8 Variant should appear at the end of 2020 (with a 50mm longer wheelbase compared to the current model).
As for the engine, 1.0 liter three-cylinder, 1.5 and 2.0 liter four-cylinder, as well as 2.0 liter diesel in multiple versions are expected for gasoline. There is also a 1.5 liter TGI Here is a natural gas powered version.
The all-electric version of the Golf will be gone as the new Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback will take its place.
On the other hand, the hybrid offering will include the Mild Hybrid (with 12-volt and 48-volt electrical system) and the Plug-in Hybrid variant (the latter with a 2.0-liter engine and a total of 220hp, as well as autonomous power of about 80 km ).
Offered from 2020 will be a sporty Golf GTI with 2.0 liter turbo petrol and about 250hp, as well as a Golf R that will have more than 300hp. The Golf R will not have Drift mode and all-wheel steering as announced by the factory.
As for the Golf GTI, the package will also include larger alloy wheels, an aero package (front spoiler, sills, rear diffuser, rear roof spoiler …), front honeycomb hood with red trim and GTI logo, leather steering wheel with flattened lower partly with red stitches, as well as sport pedals and seats with a distinctive checkered pattern.