The new-generation Volkswagen Golf was originally scheduled to debut at IAA 2019 Frankfurt in September. However, it was pushed back so the ID.3 EV could get attention at the show. Volkswagen’s bestselling car will now make its debut on October 24th.
Debuting in its eighth-generation avatar, the VW Golf has achieved more than 35 million sales since its introduction back in March 1974. At a special event organised in Wolfsburg, Germany, wraps will come off the Mk8 Golf under the banner of “Life Happens with a Golf”.
According to Volkswagen AG, the hugely popular hatchback aims to “set new standards with its unmistakable design, intelligent digitalization, networked assistance systems, and the entire range of efficient and electrified powertrains.”
The eight-gen VW Golf GTI (right) will outperform the current 241-hp model.
“We operate in a market that thrives on cutting edge technological advancement. While the GCC is a small market it is very adapting, one that is important for the industry, therefore the association will further advocate the distributors’ thoughts and ideas, which is a big boost for us,” Shehab Gargash added.
Production of the new Golf is already underway in Wolfsburg. The launch date was also postponed supposedly to give the development team time to resolve problems related with its over-the-air updates capability. There is not much information to go on regarding the hatchback, but we can be sure the new Golf will build upon its predecessor’s sedate, classy styling.
Although a lot has been said against the current styling direction of VW cars, the fact is this design ages a lot better than other, flashier alternatives on the market. Volkswagen’s goals of recapturing lost market share rest on the Golf’s shoulders. The carmaker is leaving no stone unturned to make sure the Golf is truly class-leading in terms of features, build, performance, and value proposition.
Frank Welsch, Technical Chief of VW, said, “We are now in pre-production, in the phase to make sure that one part fits perfectly to another. Everything we did on the prototype is nice but now it’s time to see whether it works in the series solution. We are testing in Germany, America, Spain, China – everywhere.”
Wearing an understated design on the outside, the new Golf will offer cutting-edge technology to set new benchmarks in the segment.
The Golf has been the epitome of a peoples’ car, and as such will be available with volume engines, specifically the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines. A 48V system with VW’s dual-clutch transmission will be offered with the two engines. Which of the engines will come with a manual gearbox is not known yet.
The 1.0-litre engine will make 129hp and the 1.5-litre engine is rated at 148hp. Alongside the volume engines, VW will be offering an updated version of the 2.0-litre TDI diesel, codenamed EA288 Evo, significantly re-engineered to cut down on emissions. With a more responsive turbocharger and lighter engine, Volkswagen claims the unit offers an average of nine percent more torque and power.
Four Golf-based models will debut eventually. These include the new-gen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid, GTI, Golf R, and the range-topping Golf R Plus. The last of these will go up against performance hatchbacks like Mercedes-AMG A45, Audi RS3, and Honda Civic Type R.