New VW Golf Delayed, Won’t Debut In Frankfurt

It looks like the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette isn’t the only model suffering from technical setbacks as Bild is reporting bugs have pushed Volkswagen to delay the introduction of the 2020 Golf.

When reached for comment, Volkswagen told Auto News Europe that there are some technical issues that still need to be sorted out. However, the company denied the problems were responsible for their decision not to introduce the Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Instead, Volkswagen’s sales and marketing boss said the automaker decided to delay the introduction of the Golf to avoid launching the model right before Christmas. As Jürgen Stackmann explained, “It doesn’t have anything to do with production. It’s a sales decision since you don’t try to put cars under the Christmas tree when no one is paying attention.”

In essence, Volkswagen is afraid that a pre-Christmas launch would result in disappointing sales as many consumers will be focused on buying presents rather than buying cars.

While the delay won’t appease fans, the Golf will now be introduced sometime after the Frankfurt Motor Show. Stackmann suggested the change will be beneficial as the Golf won’t have to compete for attention with all the other vehicles making their debut at the show.

To help fill the Frankfurt gap, Volkswagen is reporting moving up the introduction of the ID Neo. That particular model was originally slated to be unveiled a few weeks after the show.

The unveiling of the Golf is still months away, but we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Spy photographers have already caught lightly camouflaged prototypes and they show the 2020 Golf will have an evolutionary design which is instantly recognizable. Among the biggest styling changes are new headlights, a more pronounced shoulder line and curvier bodywork.

The model is expected to ride on the MQB Evo platform and weigh up to 100 lbs (45 kg) less than its predecessor. We can also expect an assortment of three- and four-cylinder engines as well as hybrid technology.

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  • Eric

    Damn, did GM have extra Malibu headlights it needed to liquidate?

  • Mike anonymous

    I am no ‘photoshop genius’, but I did my best to remove the Camouflage from the front of the vehicle to show off the vehicles real face.

    There is a great deal of deceptive camouflage on the front and rear ends of the vehicle. I wasn’t sure about the design before,. but now I am actually beginning to really like it once things are out of the way. There are a great many details you begin to notice when you take a closer look…

    ….The vehicle itself has DRLs’ that stretch into the grille which is considerably thinner than the previous generation, also the headlights have these very sharp angles to them as well. The lower ‘grille’ opening does not feature those “L” shaped design bits, and instead is all blacked out similar to the design direction already shown on recent concept vehicles, as well as VWs’ latest models from the Tiguan to the Arteon.

    Also as for the full width DRL, its’ something that VW has stated they were going to begin incorporating into their new models. The same DRL is actually featured front and center on the upcoming I.D. if you take a closer look (shown above). When you get down to the details, you start to see a whole lot more.

    So while it may not be the most ‘exciting thing‘, This upcoming Golf is certainly ‘one to watch’. (in my own opinion anyways at least…)… Enjoy 👍

    • Steve Cohn

      Great job, Mike!

    • TheHake

      Good catch on the bumper. That is clearly a diversion if you look closely.

    • Good eye on the details!

      And I can kinda believe the light bar theory since closer images show that there’s a continuous strip running on the same line as the DRLs on the grill

    • gbmike25

      … Actually, and I am no guru or Golf fan, but I think you can see that the DRL stops before the grill and that strip above the grill is just trim. So the DRL actually is just part of the headlight unit.

      • Mike anonymous

        I noticed the the line where it stops, but in most of the depictions shown of the full width DRL it’s ‘technically’ a separate piece from the headlamps (for cost (easier to build/assemble) reasons). They seem to just be covering it with the same tape (or whatever effective material they are using to cover up the other parts of the DRLs).

        Originally I had thought the same thing, but I took a look at some of the other spy shots (not just of this vehicle) in addition to VW saying they’d be bringing the design feature to their production vehicles during a number of interviews last year, and then discovered otherwise.

    • Mike anonymous

      @TheHake:disqus @disqus_etmtZcISSb:disqus & @disqus_W0K8ydv2bJ:disqus, Thank you! (for the replies and super positive feedback, I really appreciate it. Again, thank you!)

  • Salih Ahzem

    So no automaker who unveiled a new production model at Frankfurt ever realized it’s before Christmas… Nice try VW!

  • klowik

    This new front look will disappoint a lot of people and reduce sales figures for sure…I think the Golf 8.5 will come in 3 years time.

    • Kagan

      Well they usually come after 4 years .

  • Sawo

    Definitely “No” for the front lights


    This Golf reminds me Angry bird every time i see it..

    • Belthronding

      So you should be thinking of new bmw front ends same as well:)

  • Belthronding

    FCA? is that you?

  • Miknik

    Will that technical problems involve a “software update”? 😉

  • atomicbri

    I think they are delaying the intro because they are unveiling the I.D. Family Electric MEB model at Frankfurt and probably do not want the Golf to steal the thunder away from this model that they are obviously pouring $$$$ into.

  • Mike anonymous

    WOW! what a wonderful comment/reply. (I can’t guarantee everything, but this is as close as I could get it with what I have, So Overall) Thank you! Hearing (or I suppose technically reading) that, It means a lot. : )

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