The Golf is easily one of the most popular models in the world of motoring (in 2002, it became Volkswagen’s bestseller of all time!) and an the all-new eighth-generation hatchback will be revealed in all of its glory on the 24th of October. That is exciting news (and makes a welcome change too given the ever-growing demand for SUVs...) – and to tide us over until then, Volkswagen has released a couple of sketches of the new car to whett our appetities.
Sure, we have spied the upcoming car without any camo already but the preview of the exterior of the all-new Golf along with a sketch of the interior both have us nodding in approval. The latest version of the long-running hatchback will be unveiled at the German firm’s Wolfsburg headquarters 10 days from now but it seems clear that the model will retain the classic design – but will get restyled headlights (with a thin light strip running across the front fascia) a new grille and reworked front bumper. VW is saying that the design will be “more dynamic than ever before” while we can expect pretty big changes for the interior – described by the carmaker as a “new digital cockpit”- going by the second sketch.
It appears as if many of the physical controls could well be incorporated into the centrally mounted touchscreen while the air vents could be incorporated into a thin strip across the dash with a light strip. VW also says that the new car will be a “trendsetter in terms of its digitalised and connectivity-oriented interior world, its assisted driving features and its online-based functions and services.”
We can expect the new Golf to offer a revamped range of efficient engines (it should get get a 1.5-litre TSI with cylinder deactivation and a smaller 1.0-litre three-pot turbo not to mention a range of 48-volt mild hybrid powertrains) and new suspension technology to improve handling. The really exciting rumours doing the rounds however is that the next-generation of everyone’s favorite hot-hatch, the Golf GTI, could get a 2.0-litre turbo making 252 horses and mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Sitting about that one in the range could be a Golf GTI TCR making 286 horses and there’ll be a new Golf R too. We can’t wait!