All seven Golf models have been on the top of the VW best-selling list, and it’s likely that the Golf 8 will be no different, set to remain VW’s most important product for another generation. The eight-generation Volkswagen Golf is set for the grand reveal in 2019, before going on sale worldwide (including hitting South African shores) in 2020.
Although the Golf 8 will have the same basic MQB architecture of the current Golf (known for its excellent handling characteristics), we can expect some extensive and exciting changes. The new generation will use an evolution of VW’s MQB platform.
With the Golf 8’s sophisticated 48V electrical system, a wide range of efficiency measures can come into play. It’s also gone on a German diet, with some models 70kg lighter than their predecessors.
Current reports indicate that the engine line-up will consist of comprehensive model line-up – with consisting, turbo-petrols, turbo-diesels and hybrids. With the petrol models, both 1.5 litre and 1 litre TSI units will be on offer; and the new 1.5-litre powerplant and 2-litre TDI will be on the turbo-diesel assembly line.
Then, there were three…
VW apparently has three derivative of the Golf 8 on the cards – the Clubsport, Performance Pack and standard GTI.
- Golf 8 GTI Clubsport is rumoured to have a 2.0-litre turbopetrol, packing as much as 240kW
- Golf GTI 8 is expected to adopt an electrically-operated compressor to boost low-end torque
- The Performance mode is expected to turn on an electric motor in front of the dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox.
The Golf GTI is given an extra boost with the electric motor and 2.0-litre combustion engine motor working together.
Evolving the look of an icon
VW’s new design boss is Michael Mauer (ex-Porsche) is expected to follow in the tracks of models such as the next-generation Polo and the Tiguan, with a look that’s more angular, slightly lower and wider.
On the inside, premium features with a focus on technology could include:
• authentic materials
• gesture control
• an updated TFT dash display version
• autonomous-driving features such as traffic-jam assist
If the past seven Golf models are anything to go buy, autophiles have a lot to look forward to with the launch of the eight generation in 2019.