New VW Golf Mk8 To Enter Series Production By September

VW is reportedly planning to put the new Golf Mk8 into series production at their Wolfsburg factory by the end of the third quarter, with an official reveal scheduled for October ahead of a market launch in February.

AutoNews cites multiple sources from within the company, saying that VW’s original plan was to reveal the new Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but chose not to in order to iron out software glitches caused by the model’s advanced infotainment system.

The move will also allow the automaker to focus solely on the Frankfurt reveal of the production version of the ID hatchback, the company’s first all-electric model in its new EV sub-brand.

VW’s focus with the new Golf is to set the benchmark for connectivity in its segment. The German compact best-seller will offer advanced services such as a digital key and cockpit, an always-online infotainment system and the ability to “talk” to other cars and transportation infrastructure.

The new Golf will offer features such as a lane-keeping assist, LED headlights, a multifunction steering wheel and a fully digital cockpit with an 8.25-inche touchscreen display on the dashboard as standard. The model’s infotainment system will make use of “Volkswagen We” apps and be compatible with over-the-air updates.

VW’s engineers are currently working on sorting out software bugs, with the Golf Mk8 currently going through its pre-production phase. The new model features a number of ECUs in order to offer all those high-tech features.

“Sometimes when you solve one, two more appear in its place,” said one senior electrical engineer in diagnosing the Golf’s issues. “We have to become world champions in integration.”

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  • Ben

    The headlights look like they’re wearing eye shadow.

    • Matt

      They are, it’s called camouflage. Black and body-coloured tape is hiding the exact headlight design in these shots.

      • Zandit75

        It’s not doing a very good job! I think the camo guys were having a lazy day.

        • Paulbe

          Maybe its disguised as the outgoing model?

          • Zandit75

            Definitely trying to do that, but like I said in the earlier comment, it’s not doing a very good job!

          • Paulbe

            Certainly doesn’t build much anticipation.

    • McFly

      I think the point of this camouflage is to make it look like the current model.

  • Six_Tymes

    the current on sale now looks better

    • J-Triumf

      Yeah, I wouldn’t say this new one is necessarily bad looking, it looks decent on its own and I don’t mind the new lights, but I don’t like how long and stretched the car seems to be, especially the front part.

  • Zandit75

    I’m hoping the front corner sensors aren’t going to cut the chrome trim line like that on the production models. I’m nit picking of course, but it messes with the design.

  • Antonio Amigo

    Wv is no longer the icon brand it once was. Is it?

    Id trade all that connectivity bs for some muffler tips.

    I can’t believe the industry and its $70k cars with fake exhaust tips built into bumpers. Like, What genius made that decision?

    • Matt

      The fake exhausts would have been from customer/focus groups. They would have complained their shiny Q7 diesels look bad with all the soot build-up on the rear bumper. Solution = mount the exhaust tips under the bumper but keep a ‘fake’ design to appease the rest of their customers.

      • Dennis James

        This is actually made up by you. There are other, way more rational reasons for exhaust pointing to the ground, like exhaust gas cooling faster and particles spending less time in the air and avoiding being projected onto the next vehicle’s cabin air filter. Exhausts are also cheaper to make (biggest reason) and don’t need replacement on rear end collisions.

        • Matt

          Well I wasn’t meant to sound like my theory was fact – but I had read it somewhere so it wasn’t just ‘made up’. Yours sounds entirely plausible, but what are your sources?

  • Pavel B.

    I’ll wait till the final product releases before I give my final opinion. Whatever those leaked photos are though. It’s not looking good. Mk7 looks way better. Will wait for proper release.

    • Dennis James

      You are so lucky you can tell them apart 🙂

  • Mitt Zombie

    “an always-online infotainment system”

    God, they can’t be that stupid

  • ctk4949

    By “new’ you mean new headlights??

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