Volkswagen used yesterday’s Annual General Meeting to tease the interior of the 2020 Golf and now spy photographers have caught the real thing.
As the photo show, the Golf Mk8 will be a radical departure from its predecessor as the model adopts a minimalist interior which eschews a traditional center stack.
This is a big styling change and it appears most of the controls will be integrated into a freestanding infotainment system. Some people might balk at this decision, but Volkswagen has cleverly integrated dual climate controls into a thin touch panel at the base of the display. There’s also a third panel between the climate controls and it could be used for adjusting the volume of the audio system.
To the left, is a digital instrument cluster which is connected to the infotainment system via a gloss black surround with a wave-like design. The cluster looks pretty basic, but it shows a large speedometer and tachometer.
Below the infotainment system is rectangular air vents which feature metallic trim. This design curves around the dash and is echoed across the passenger side.
Elsewhere, we can see a new steering wheel and evolutionary door panels with aluminum trim. The Golf also features a stepped upper dash and five dedicated buttons between the two central air vents.
While the exterior of this prototype is heavily camouflaged, previous photos have shown the model will be instantly recognizable. The front fascia will receive a modest makeover that includes a revised grille and new headlights. The car will also be equipped with a more sculpted hood.
The déjà vu design continues further back as the biggest changes are a higher character line and new taillights. A closer inspection also reveals a larger spoiler and a sportier bumper.
Volkswagen will unveil the 2020 Golf in October and the company has said it will once again “set the benchmark in the compact class.” In particular, they said the car will have class-leading comfort and connectivity as well as good fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions.
During yesterday’s presentation, Volkswagen confirmed the Golf will be offered with petrol, diesel and CNG powertrains. There will be mild- and plug-in hybrid variants and the latter will be able to travel up to 50 miles (80 km) on electricity alone.