Volkswagen has damaged its silence over the next-generation Golf, revealing a complete funding of £1.6 billion has gone into improvement of the Mk8 mannequin and confirming a manufacturing schedule.
The primary vehicles are as a result of roll off the manufacturing line on the agency’s flagship Wolfsburg plant 75 weeks from now – equating to late June 2019. The announcement was made on the Golf eight Provider Summit, introduced to 120 key suppliers for the eighth-generation mannequin.
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In keeping with Ralf Brandstätter VW Group Board Member for Procurement, the launch of Golf eight subsequent 12 months is on par with the introduction of the agency’s I.D electrical vehicles by way of significance.
Karlheinz Hell, Volkswagen’s small automobile boss, stated: “The following Golf will take Volkswagen into the period of totally linked autos with prolonged autonomous driving features. It would have extra software program on board than ever earlier than. It would at all times be on-line and its digital cockpit and help techniques would be the benchmark by way of connectivity and security.”
New VW Golf: New tech and hybrid drive
The Golf will endure its greatest transformation in 43 years for the following technology because the German model prepares to roll out hybrid expertise, slim down the mannequin line-up and fully revamp the inside design. An unveil for the Mk8 Golf hatchback has been earmarked for the Frankfurt Motor Present in 2019 however finally 12 months’s Frankfurt present, we gained new info on that high-tech inside.
Volkswagen’s subsequent Golf will function a “revolution” in its cabin, the corporate’s chief of design has promised. The Mk8 automobile is due on sale in Britain in 2020. It would proceed to be primarily based on the present automobile’s MQB platform, and can function a lot of its identical engines and transmissions – and this degree of continuity has allowed VW to give attention to different areas.
VW’s design boss Klaus Bischoff has revealed to Auto Categorical that chief amongst these necessities is to be “prepared for the following technology of connectivity and digitisation” – and that this has triggered a “complete rethink” on how the automobile’s cabin will look.
“It’s a revolution,” stated Bischoff. “It’s actually a complete digital atmosphere; the one analogue facet is principally the steering wheel.” That implies that a improvement of the present Golf’s totally digital instrument panel is more likely to be customary throughout the vary, as an alternative of being an possibility for higher-end variations.
New VW Golf: Unique photos
The arrival of the following Golf – previewed in our unique photos – will coincide with the roll-out of Volkswagen’s I.D. electrical automobile household, which begins with the Golf-sized I.D. hatchback. Nevertheless, boss Herbert Diess has stated that regardless of the aggressive EV offensive, which is able to see at the very least 5 devoted battery-powered VWs launch by 2025, the following Golf stays the model’s focus.
Final 12 months, Diess informed Auto Categorical: “The precedence is Golf as a result of within the subsequent technology it is going to be our foremost core product; and that’s the place the main target goes. Public consideration, press and our communications have been quite a bit on the electrical vehicles as a result of we consider in it. However I’m satisfied it [the Golf] will stay our core product within the subsequent technology.
“[The] subsequent technology of Golf – which we’re, let’s say, fairly superior within the work on – would be the versatile automobile,” Diess continued. “You would possibly name it as soon as once more ‘Das Auto’ as a result of it’s such a great package deal for a five-seater; it really works so effectively.”
VW will use an up to date model of the MQB chassis for the next-generation hatch, which is anticipated to shed as much as 70kg as a result of using extra light-weight supplies. The form or certainly the outside of the Golf gained’t change dramatically, however a extra svelte entrance finish with a decrease bonnet and sleeker LED headlamps will function, as our photos present. Extra modifications are evident on the rear, the place the Golf will get extra squared-off shoulders, whereas Golf lettering will seem beneath the VW badge for the primary time, just like the brand new Arteon.
In addition to providing petrol and diesel engines, the following Golf would be the first VW to function gentle hybrid expertise, due to the adoption of a 48-volt electrical system on at the very least some variants. Diess stated: “Gentle hybrid techniques will play a significant function within the subsequent technology of Golf; that would be the first software.
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Then in all probability additional forward it can even be in smaller segments.” Within the face of the VW emissions scandal and rising value of diesel expertise, gentle hybrid powertrains will provide a cleaner various to diesel with related ranges of effectivity. Typical powertrains will stay with a brand new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine being joined by a brand new 1.5 diesel, which is able to exchange the present 1.6.
Variants such because the GTI and R will profit from efficiency boosts, with energy as much as 250bhp and 350bhp respectively. The plug-in hybrid GTE may even be supplied, however the e-Golf gained’t make it to a different technology as a result of arrival of the I.D. household, Diess confirmed.
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