Volkswagen is officially pulling the wraps off the all-new eighth-generation Golf today, which has suffered some major leaks over the past week, including one yesterday with a boatload of images.
While no one expected the new VW Golf Mk8 to redefine the design books, VW’s core compact model manages to distinguish itself instantly thanks to its sleeker front end that now features slimmer headlights that in the most expensive versions will be united by a full-width LED bar.
The rear end retains the characteristic broad-shoulder style of the more recent Golf generations, but here in the eighth-gen model looks cleaner and somehow not entirely in tune with the roundness of the front.
The interior is one of the highlights of the new model, featuring a totally new dashboard design that ditches most physical switches; instead you get two digital displays -one for the instrument cluster and a touchscreen one for the infotainment- mounted side-by-side to give the new Golf a modern cockpit feel that surrounds the driver with all the controls. Whether build quality will remain class-leading remains to be seen.
Connectivity and digital services will also be a major talking point for the new Golf, as well as offering the latest driver-assistance systems, including semi-autonomous driving.
Despite seeing the car inside and out, known technical details remain limited; the new VW Golf is expected to receive a range of 48-volt mild-hybrid engine options and two plug-in hybrid powertrains, including an all-new GTE version that pairs a 1.5-liter TSI petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 241 HP (245 PS) and an EV range of up to 43 miles (70 km). VW will not offer a fully-electric variant as this role goes now to the new ID.3. A range of revamped petrol and diesel engines will also be offered.
Join us and watch the new VW Golf Mk8 live reveal at 12.30 pm ET / 5.30 pm CET and stay tuned for the full report shortly after.