Blink and you might indeed miss the differences between recent VW Golf generations. The jump from Mk6 to Mk7 was especially minuscule from a cosmetic point of view - and it sounds like the Mk8 coming in 2018 won’t shake the boat too radically.
Instead of ditching the Golf’s iconic style, Wolfsburg is set on delivering ever more technology under the skin of its heartland hatch. What follows is everything we know about the new VW Golf Mk8.
VW Golf: the eighth generation goes global
The next Golf will be a world car built in Europe, China and the NAFTA region. Although a total redesign, its DNA won’t differ much from today’s Mk7, which pioneered the MQB modular architecture.
In future VW intends to cover two model cycles - a timeframe of up to 12 years - without significant platform revisions. Think of the Golf Mk8 as ushering in MQB Mk2, then.
What’s new on the Golf Mk8?
While the Golf family is set to benefit from additional assistance systems, infotainment updates, advanced LED lighting and more efficient drivetrain applications, breakthrough improvements like the weightsaving achieved when switching from the PQ to the MQB platform are not on the agenda for the Golf Mk8.
But there’ll still be plenty of fuel-saving technology to improve Bluemotion fuel miserliness, including a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with coasting mode, cylinder deactivation and an advanced start-stop system which cuts the engine well before the vehicle comes to a stop.
Click here for our VW Golf Mk7 review.
Engines expected on the new VW Golf
New three-cylinder powerplants set for the new Golf include a 110bhp/148lb ft 1.0-litre petrol and a 105bhp/184lb ft 1.4-litre diesel. Other engines in the Golf range look like this:
VW Golf 1.2 TSI 110bhp/129lb ft
VW Golf 1.4 TSI 150bhp/184lb ft
VW Golf 1.8 TSI 190bhp/236lb ft
VW Golf 1.6 TDI 110bhp/184lb ft
VW Golf 2.0 TDI 150bhp/251lb ft
VW Golf 2.0 TDI 190bhp/295lb ft
And what of the new Golf GTI Mk8?
Still early days, but we hear performance-oriented customers will be treated to a 2.0-litre TSI rated at 230bhp/273lb ft on the GTI, or the torquey high-end 2.0 TDI good for approximately 224bhp/332lb ft on the Golf GTD.
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