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.  

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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.

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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.”

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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!