2020 VW Golf Drops Almost All Camo In GTE Plug-In Hybrid Guise

Earlier this month we brought you the first spy shots of the 2020 VW Golf GTE plug-in hybrid wearing full camouflage.

Now, our photographers caught another Golf GTE prototype almost completely undisguised, giving us a very clear idea of what the upcoming Golf Mk8 will look like when it debuts this autumn.

It’s pretty clear to see that only subtle patches of black tape are applied around the headlights to disguise their shape, as well as on the grille, fog lights and the rear bumper. The taillights seem to wear a disguise as well around the edges. Still, these attempts are not that effective at hiding the design of the 2020 Golf which remains easy to recognize as it’s largely an evolution of the current model from a visual point of view.

The GTE model seen here distinguishes itself from other Golf variants thanks to the charging port on the left front fender, exclusive aero-style wheels, and likely some blue accents on the grille, headlights, and rear bumper.

Also read: Gotcha! 2020 VW Golf Mk8 Snapped Totally Naked During Commercial Shoot

The Golf GTE is expected to become the most efficient model in the range when it goes on sale in early 2020 as the all-electric e-Golf will no longer be offered for the eighth-generation — being effectively replaced by the ID.3.

The GTE’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is likely the same from the facelifted Passat GTE, pairing a 156 PS (154 hp) 1.4-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 115 PS (113 hp) electric motor and a 13-kWh battery for a system output of 218 PS (215 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

In the revised Passat GTE, the powertrain enables an EV driving range of 56 km (35 miles) under the WLTP cycle. In the Golf GTE, the range could be slightly higher as it’s a smaller, lighter vehicle. GTE model aside, the 2020 VW Golf range will feature several gasoline and diesel powertrains many of which will feature 48-volt mild-hybrid tech. The VW Golf GTI and Golf R performance models will also arrive later on.

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  • WalthamDan

    Interesting and odd painting technique around the headlights to make them look larger. But it does help eliminate the front end dumpy look we’ve seen on vehicle without it.

  • Leconte Dave

    So plain…

  • Toronado_II

    The current one look so good compare to this !

  • Knotmyrealname

    Look closer. The taillights are fake also.

  • cartube

    it’s a golf, you could easily just display mk7 and we would all be fine with it.

  • xrnzaaas

    The last good looking Golf was the fifth generation, but this one looks especially ugly. Same with the Polo, why did they have to ruin it.

    • wintergraan

      Design is a very subjective matter. For me the fifth gen is by far the least attractive Golf. But I really like this new one 🙂

    • Dredd2

      in the point of design view the 6th gen was the best (not to roundish like the 5th but not too edgy like the 7th).
      this 8 is simple boring.

  • Kagan

    Anything new!

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Why! It’s almost as if they didn’t renewed it.

  • Kitty Pourquoi

    We already know how the real thing looks like

  • charlotteharry57

    Yawn pretty much says it all.


    so ugly

    • Matt

      Is it though? I’d say you’re exaggerating.

      • Enter Ranting

        Nope, it’s ugly.

        • Matt

          The historically anti-VW guy says it’s ugly. Not a surprise.

          • Enter Ranting

            Yep – probably lousy quality too, ’cause it’s a VW.


    • Ben

      I was thinking the same, looks like eyeliner.

  • Six_Tymes

    So, this will be competing with the ID.3 for a period of time? If yes, not sure I get why would they do that? Maybe I missed a release date?

  • KellyVanRijn

    Those headlights are atrocious. Looking forward to the midcycle refresh. And you know reliability will be a huge issue.

    • Matt

      The headlights are still camouflaged and reliability issues can only be speculated considering the car hasn’t even launched. VW also never give the Golf significant midcycle refreshes, they are only ever cosmetically minor changes.

  • Puddingpopper

    Those wheel flats are way too thic

    • Rzrlf

      see, when you use the term “thic”or “thicc” its can never be too “thicc”. Being thic is a good thing and generally regarded as sexy as opposed to simply too thick. the more you know

      • Puddingpopper

        Cuz knowledge is power

  • Joseph McDonnell

    Jesus Christ it looks like an old Toyota

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