The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf will hit the production line in June 2019 and according to a new report, may no longer be offered in three-door and Wagon bodystyles.
Autocar has made the prediction without naming any sources. Due to dwindling demand for three-door hatchbacks, it makes total sense for the German manufacturer to no longer offer the Golf in its smallest form. However, killing off the Golf Wagon would be a much more audacious move from Volkswagen and would also likely mean the Alltrack will be sent to an early death also.
VW’s alleged reasoning for eliminating these two bodystyles is to position the new-age Golf as an upmarket car appealing to BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class buyers looking to downsize.
One way of doing this will be making the Mk8 Golf the largest to date. It’s claimed that it will have a larger track than all Golfs to come before it as well as a slightly longer wheelbase. This will give the car a larger trunk than ever before and one much more spacious than those found in rival hatchbacks.
In its attempt to make the new Golf more luxurious and refined, the car manufacturer will work tirelessly on the interior, eliminating any unnecessary switches. In fact, VW design boss Klaus Bischoff says the steering wheel will be the only conventional component as touchscreens will replace almost all traditional controls, including the headlight switch.
Despite all its new features, the new Golf will actually be underpinned by the same MQB platform as the outgoing model. More lightweight materials will be used to shed approximately 50 kg (110 lbs).