In autumn 2019, Volkswagen will lift the veil eighth generation of golf, How will the segment's compact star sedan develop in Europe? One year before his official presentation the argus tell you everything
The compact thermal sedan threatens?
result of "Diesel Gate"Volkswagen has revised its product plan, the customer's request for SUVs and the astronomical costs for the development of the electrical program. The brand has just cut classic sedans.
In the compact car segment, the Volkswagen Scirocco Coupe and the Volkswagen Eos Coupé Cabriolet have also disappeared, as have the Coccinelle and the Golf Cabriolet. The Caudine forks are released by Volkswagen again, as the three-door silhouette is not renewed. Only survivors of this eighth generation: the sedan with 5 doors and the station wagon, SW Golf,
Development of the kind
The Golf is still the best selling model in Europe. Since its launch in France in 2013, the Golf 7 (sedan and station wagon) has gained over 192,000 customers. At the European level, there are more than 2,327,000 units in the same period. Real value, the compact VW is also a career in the US and in China. So, to please everyone, she can not afford the slightest eccentricity. For some spirits, the evolution of the style between the current Golf 7 and the future Golf 8 is similar to the game with seven mistakes. In fact, it is much more subtle.
To meet the requirements of pedestrian impact and improve aerodynamics, the calender is located lower and the air intakes are extended. The outline of the headlights dispenses with a monolithic shape to accept cut edges around each optical block. As if we had removed the protective glass of the lighthouse. Should we also see a subliminal homage to the four-headgrill of the legendary Golf 1 GTI? In any case, a very well functioning light signature will be highlighted. The design of the sign extends the lines horizontally as far as possible to visually enlarge the vehicle and give it a good fit.
In profile, the Golf 8 gains momentum. A slightly lowered flag line and flanks are provided with a rib that ends in a medallion at the junction between the front fender and the door. The rear of the Golf 8 is again an evolution of the current model. The optical blocks are more edited. They assume an "L" shape, like that of the Tiguan 2 and are highlighted by a slight payoff. Another novelty, the lettering "Golf", is now in the middle of the tailgate, directly under the Volkswagen logo. The Golf harmonizes with other models in the range, such as the T-Roc.
The omnipresent digital
The demonstrator Volkswagen Digital Cockpit 3Dpresented CES Las Vegas in January 2017shows exactly the interior of the new Golf 8. He will have two digital screens in the spirit of the new Class A Mercedes.
However, the lower part of the central touch screen is not aligned so that the instrument panel faces the driver. Good size, the central display of the Golf 8 will resume the principle of the new Volkswagen Touareg.
Below is also the air conditioning interface tactile. Well integrated between horizontal rails, it offers logical and optimal ergonomics.
"Almost all keys disappeared and the controls are tactile and gestural."
With this new interior design, the Volkswagen Golf 8 will rise to the level of premium brands. Even more to stand out from its predecessor and above all to make a good lead over the general competition (the future Peugeot 308 will not be released until 2021).
Finish the E-Golf
Volkswagen abandons the electric golf project to propose a compact, 100% electric sedan in 2020.
Near the concept car shown at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the I.D offers three battery powers and a price of around 25,000 euros.
The Golf will have 1.0 TSI of 116 hp and 1.5 TSI of 130 and 150 hp essentially without forgetting the versions GTI and R,
At Diesel we wait 1.5 TDI and the 2.0 TDI, The main novelty will be the arrival of thelight hybridization call Alternator starter 48V on the 1.5 TSI (by 0.3 l per 100 km) and 12 V on the 2.0 TDI.
=> Read our article a slight hybridization for Golf 8
Golf 8 will also suggest one GNV and Multifuel version E85, The rechargeable hybrid will also be part of a new 1.5 TSI powertrain, which develops around 240 horsepower each.
Between the presentation of the new Seat Leon in the spring and theAudi A3 The Volkswagen has to play elbows in the fall. It is expected to be in May-June 2019 and production will begin in July for a commercial debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Volkswagen Golf 8 review
In 1974, the unpublished Golf took over the founding myth of the brand: the Ladybug beetle, She proposed a site with radically different technical solutions. Forty-five later Golf 8 will no longer have such a central role in the lineup.
Component with the multitude of SUVs (the T-Roc (grabbed his cabriolet) and the emergence of a certain electrical range (which triggered the better) E-Golf) it persists and signs without making a wave.
Its strengths: aesthetic sobriety, perceived quality, always a reference, and advanced technology. The ingredients of a traditional recipe that has been proven, but until when?