New 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 revealed in sketches

Official sketches give us a glimpse, inside and out, of the all-new Volkswagen Golf Mk8 ahead of its official reveal

The all-new Volkswagen Golf Mk8 has been revealed in a series of official sketches. Due to be unveiled in full on 24 October, VW says the new Golf will be a “trendsetter” when it goes on sale in December. 

The official sketches reveal the upcoming Golf will adopt a wider bumper and a narrower, more intricate headlight design that appears to stretch across the entire front end of the hatchback. The nose is also longer, while the grille sits lower within the bumper than before.

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It’s also evident that the Golf will grow in size thanks to a longer wheelbase, which will provide additional space inside for passengers. 

Sketches of the cabin reveal the Golf’s interior will undergo a drastic redesign; the current model’s button-heavy centre console being replaced by a thin, horizontal deck which houses a pair of central vents, and a new digital instrument binnacle that integrates with a new wraparound 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.”

VW 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: new tech and hybrid drive

The Golf will undergo its biggest transformation in 45 years for the next generation as the German brand prepares to roll out hybrid technology, slim down the model line-up and completely revamp the interior design.

It will continue to be based on a revised version of the current car’s MQB platform, featuring many of the same engines and transmissions – and this level of continuity has allowed Volkswagen 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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