Next-Gen VW Golf To Launch Alongside I.D. Hatch

Volkswagen will launch the eighth-generation VW Golf almost exactly the same time as the I.D. electric hatchback.

According to board member and head of sales and marketing, Jurgen Stackman, the carmaker will premiere the new Golf in early 2018 and just weeks later, unveil the I.D.

“There is going to be an extremely strong new Golf 8 coming, it will launch just a month ahead of the I.D. We believe that they both stand on their own feet, in their own rights,” he told Drive.

Stackman went on to reveal that an all-electric version of the new Golf won’t be built and instead the brand will only offer petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid varieties. Filling the gap left by the e-Golf will be the I.D., likely priced at around the same as the Golf diesel.

“It won’t have an e-Golf because we will stop electrification of next generation Golf at plug-in hybrid, so that’s what it still has essentially. If you look at the battery pack of the MQB [in the current e-Golf] it is distributed everywhere. It looks fantastic, but it looks not very optimal,” he said.

Helping to push Volkswagen into the electrified future will be its all-new MEB platform, built specifically for EVs. This platform will be used by all models in the I.D. range, including the I.D. Crozz and I.D. Buzz.

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  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    why do that ! both are basically the same car regardless of electricity or not,

    forcing people into Electricity is a bad move in my eyes
    1) give it 5-10 years itll cost you £50-£80 per charge because electricty will become to exspensive.
    2) mileage is still an issue many people drive 300-500 real world mileage a week and electric cars cant sucsessfully HONESTLY in real world can not achieve that
    3) TO EXPENSIVE !!!!!!

    • none

      Continuing to kill the planet is imo a much worse choice. It might be cheaper in the short run, but it’s not very smart if we want to continue living here. Electric cars will take over, and very fast too.

    • Silimarina

      Who is forcing you to buy a electric car?
      1)that is pure speculation.And how much is a tank of gas cost now?
      2)the majority of people drive 20-50 miles per day. So a 200-300 range is enough.And you can charge your car at night.
      3)The price of electric cars has dropped and it will continue to drop. 100 year ago cars were very expensive.

    • NahItWont

      Obviously you don’t understand the renewable electricity revolution. As prices for solar panels and wind turbines (as well as batteries) fall, the price of electricity will became dirt cheap. The only true reason why the cost of charging your car will become expensive is because of taxes. Currently there are a lot of taxes in the price of gas – they use those to build the roads and so on. But once people move to the electricity, they do need to get that money… so they’ll put a tax on that. But it’ll still be cheaper and a lot more environmental-friendly to own a electric car.

  • SteersUright

    The Gti is such a fun hatch I can’t wait to see how they improve upon it.

  • EV

    Reminds me of the 2nd gen Nissan Leaf!

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