A pair of VW Golf Mk8 test cars were spotted during some late development work, giving us another look at the compact hatchback’s new look.
The two test cars featured almost no camouflage, retaining some masking tape on the front bumper, headlights and taillights to cover the finer details of an otherwise evolutionary design.
The differences between the Golf Mk7 and Mk8 will apparently be greater once you step inside, with the new model featuring a completely reworked interior. VW wants the new Golf to be the segment’s most connected vehicle, featuring a new always-online infotainment system capable of receiving over-the-air updates.
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The dashboard of the new Golf Mk8 will adopt a minimal design with very few hard switches and buttons; all models will come with a digital instrument cluster as standard and a crisp touchscreen display for the infotainment system. A thin touch panel at the base of the infotainment display is also present for the HVAC controls.
The new, eighth generation Golf will ride on an updated version of the MQB platform, aiming to retain its lead in refinement, interior space and ease of use in the compact hatch segment. Much like what happens with the outgoing Golf, only the more powerful models will get a rear independent suspension.
Although we can’t confirm it, some reports also suggest that the number of bodystyles offered is set to be reduced, with the three-door and wagon models facing the axe.
The engine range will also be updated, offering more power along with better fuel economy and less emissions. Buyers will get to choose between petrol, diesel and CNG-powered models, but the highlight of the range will be the new 48-volt mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. The latter is expected to offer a pure electric range of up to 50 miles (80km).
VW was originally going to reveal the new Golf Mk8 at the Frankfurt Motor Show but opted not to, in order to highlight the reveal of the production version of the battery electric ID.3 hatchback. Instead, the new VW Golf Mk8 will debut during a special reveal event this October, with first deliveries expected to start at the end of the year.