Very early sighting for a car that isn’t due until near the end of 2019.
German automotive juggernaut Volkswagen is set to replace one of its most important models in the lineup, and bring it into a new generation offering as much technology & innovation as possible, without upsetting the basic recipe of the model so much as to alienate diehard fans. The Golf Mk8 should be upon us before 2019 is up, and so to lt the world know that it’s working on it, they’ve started teasing it.
A solitary sketch, revealing precious little, was shown during Volkswagen’s Brand Annual Session presentation, where it also confirmed a targeted Q3 2019 launch date. It’s clear that for the Golf, Volkswagen will bring only conservative, evolutionary changes to the design, though even then, they clearly want to push it a bit.
This is evident by the prominent C-pillar line, a hallmark in modern Golf designs, though the slim headlights and character line that extends from them to the boot are new.
Speaking of the lights, Volkswagen’s been talking up new smart-lighting innovations that are capable of turning the taillights into dynamic, customisable units that can display any number of things depending on the mode & use of the vehicle.
What’s worth noting though is that while VW’s busy sending out this vague teaser, a totally-undisguised, moving, functional prototype has been photographed in South Africa (and carried by Facebook spy shot page Ferd), revealing design features that we’d imagine VW would rather keep under wraps. In what appears to be either a GTi or an R-Line (the colour & wheels suggest the former though), it’s evident that the new Golf will get a pair of slim headlights with a new internal design that links up with that aforementioned shoulderline, as well as large, blingy alloy wheels.
It’s expected that the new Golf will feature mild-hybrid & plug-in hybrid powertrain systems, the latter to feature in the GTE variant. The Golf GTi is expected to use an electric turbocharger for the first time, with a massive power boost as a result. As for the diesels (which we won’t get), Volkswagen will be rolling out an innovative 12-volt MHEV system which should make its diesel powertrains feel far more punchy.