New 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 leaked in full

A German newspaper has mistakenly released images of the Volkswagen Golf Mk8 ahead of its planned launch later today

Undisguised images of the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf have been leaked by a German daily newspaper, ahead of the car’s launch later today. The Golf will undergo its biggest transformation in 45 years, with Volkswagen rolling out new hybrid technology, slimming down the car’s line-up and completely revamping its interior design.

The leaked images follow Volkswagen’s recent official sketches, which teased the new Golf’s exterior and interior design. Comparing the two sets of images, it seems that most of the design features in the sketches will be transferred onto the production model.

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This suite of leaked images shows that the Mk8 Golf will adopt a wider bumper and a narrower, more intricate headlight design that stretches across the front of the hatchback. The nose is also longer, while the grille sits lower on the bumper than before. It will also grow in size, thanks to its longer wheelbase, providing additional space inside for passengers.

The hatchback’s cabin will also undergo a dramatic redesign, with the current model’s button-heavy centre console being replaced by a thin, horizontal deck which houses a pair of central vents, a new digital instrument binnacle and a fresh infotainment display. Volkswagen boss, Herbert Diess, has also said that the Golf will be “fully connected 24/7,” suggesting a suite of new technology systems will feature on-board.

Karlheinz Hell, Volkswagen’s small car boss, said: “The next Golf will take Volkswagen into the era of fully connected vehicles with extended autonomous driving functions. It will have more software on board than ever before. It will always be online and its digital cockpit and assistance systems will be the benchmark in terms of connectivity and safety.”

Volkswagen also says the new Golf will be offered with an enhanced range of “efficient” engines and “enhanced” suspension technology that will boost the car’s agility on the road.

New Volkswagen Golf: fresh tech and hybrid drive

The new Volkswagen Golf will be based on a revised version of the current car’s MQB platform, and feature many of the same engines and transmissions. Thankfully, this level of continuity has allowed the German brand to focus on other areas.

The updated MQB chassis is expected to shed around 70kg, thanks to the use of more lightweight materials. As well as offering petrol and diesel engines, the next Golf will be the first Volkswagen to feature mild hybrid technology, thanks to the adoption of a 48-volt electric system on at least some variants. Diess said: “Mild hybrid systems will play a major role in the next generation of Golf; that will be the first application.”

In the wake of the VW emissions scandal and the rising cost of diesel technology, mild hybrid powertrains will offer a cleaner alternative to diesel with similar levels of efficiency. Conventional powertrains will remain with a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine being joined by a new 1.5 diesel, which will replace the current 1.6.

Variants such as the GTI and R will benefit from performance boosts, with power up to 250bhp and 350bhp respectively. The plug-in hybrid GTE will also be offered, but the e-Golf won’t make it to another generation due to the arrival of the ID. family, Diess confirmed.

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