The Golf is as essential to Volkswagen because the iPhone is to Apple. It’s been the muse the remainder of the corporate’s vary is constructed on for the reason that authentic mannequin went on sale in 1974 as a alternative for the timeless, rear-engined Beetle. Volkswagen is sort of achieved growing the eighth-generation mannequin, and it promised to ship a hatchback with a pointy, elegant design plus a big selection of forward-thinking tech options usually discovered on costlier fashions. The hatchback received’t make its debut till later in 2019, however an official teaser picture sheds gentle on what we are able to count on.
The pictures recommend the eighth-generation mannequin remains to be recognizable as a Golf, but it surely’s not merely a cautious replace of the present, seventh-generation automobile. Designers made the air dam built-in into the entrance bumper greater as they diminished the scale of the grille to realize a crisp, assured look. We haven’t seen the again finish of it but, however we count on comparable styling modifications. The sheet steel hides an replace of the modular MQB platform.
Whereas the following Golf would be the eighth technology of the nameplate, one look inside suggests it could as effectively be the 10th. The second sketch confirms the Golf will profit from massive know-how upgrades corresponding to a large show made up of two screens. The one on the left, positioned immediately behind the steering wheel, will exchange the analog instrument cluster in most fashions. The one on the proper will let the entrance passengers entry the infotainment system, which we additionally count on will likely be new. We’ve seen this setup earlier than, however solely on comparatively costly vehicles like members of the Mercedes-Benz household.
“Individuals need a Golf — it’s iconic — however now there’s an enormous leap ahead within the digitization inside it. It’s nonetheless a Golf, however now digital. It’s saved what individuals have cherished and moved it to the following part,” Volkswagen board member Juergen Stackmann informed British journal Autocar.
To that finish, designers have additionally drastically diminished the variety of buttons, dials, and switches within the cabin to realize a cleaner, extra elegant look. An over-the-air updating system will maintain its software program present even because it ages, and the automobile will likely be completely linked to the web.
The Golf adopts gentle hybrid, 48-volt know-how to maintain gas financial system and CO2 emissions in verify. The 1.Zero- and 1.5-liter engines characteristic a belt-driven starter-generator which recovers kinetic power when the automobile coasts, sends it to a small battery pack, and pumps it via the drivetrain beneath acceleration. The system depends on knowledge from the navigation system to find the very best place to launch electrical energy; further energy makes extra sense when going up a steep hill than when cruising via a crowded metropolis middle, for instance.
Digital Tendencies has already examined Audi’s model of the 48-volt gentle hybrid know-how within the second-generation A7, amongst different fashions, and we concluded it’s an unobtrusive technique to save gas. This technique will change into more and more widespread in each phase of the market within the coming years as automakers go to nice lengths to adjust to ever-stricter emissions rules.
Not each variant of the eighth-generation Golf will likely be electrified, although full technical specs stay guarded in the intervening time. We’re wanting ahead to discovering the following episode within the GTI saga, and we all know the mighty Golf R will as soon as once more occupy the highest spot within the hierarchy.
Earlier studies claimed Volkswagen needed to save lots of the eighth-generation Golf for the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Present. These plans have modified. We now know the star of the agency’s show in Frankfurt would be the ID.three, its first purpose-designed electrical mannequin. The subsequent Golf will as a substitute make its international debut within the fall of 2019, although Volkswagen hasn’t revealed exactly when and the place we’ll see it within the steel for the primary time. Gross sales will start for the 2021 mannequin yr — assuming the Golf returns to the American market, in fact.
Unverified rumors recommend the American market will obtain the GTI and Golf R variants, but it surely received’t get the usual Golf as a result of it competes in a small phase of the market that’s not anticipated to get greater anytime quickly. Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed the studies; a spokesperson informed Digital Tendencies that the agency hasn’t determined whether or not to promote the eighth-gen Golf in America but.
“The Golf R and GTI are confirmed, however different Golf eight fashions are nonetheless into account for the North American area,” the spokesperson informed us. Extra particulars concerning the hatchback — and the chances of it turning a wheel on American asphalt — will emerge by the top of 2019.
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