VW Golf Mk8: What to expect
Volkswagen says the next-generation Golf will feature more tech and represents a perfecting of the hatchback formula.
Sketches released by the German carmaker Volkswagen, give an insight into how the new Golf will look.
Both heavily and subtly disguised Mk8 test mules have been snapped on public roads now. In combination with official sketches published by VW, we can see that the new Golf will be a real looker. Visually, the MK8 has crisp lines, most noticeably around the headlights. The Mk7.5 model had larger, more rounded lights, whereas on the next-gen model they look razor-thin and extremely sharp. Generally, the car seems to have been modernised and simplified.
Update: VW has now shown the MK8 in full
Despite the new clothes, Volkswagen correctly states it remains unmistakably a Golf.
Car buyers expect to get the latest tech and gadgetry in a brand new model and it would appear this iteration does not disappoint. VW described the car as a "trendsetter" for digitalisation and cloud connectivity. The company also confirmed the fabled hatch would boast additional driving assists. VW stated there's a new digital cockpit fitted to the car, seen below.
Spy shots show that the instrument screen is accompanied by a large tablet-like infotainment display.
There are no specifics mentioned engine-wise, just that the Volkswagen Golf will be powered by a new range of efficient motors. Supposedly, engineers have also worked on improving the handling with advanced suspension technology. Motoring outlets across the globe claim to have spotted test mules with a PHEV hybrid configuration.
VW affirmed the interior would also sport ultra-modern fabrics and colours.
Release date and pricing
The world premiere is set to take place in just two weeks, on 24 October at the Wolfsburg Germany Golf factory. In a statement announcing the debut, VW said the MK8 would reach the first markets in December 2019. There's no official word on pricing as yet.
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