Get ready to see some new variants.
The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf has been revealed in Europe but due to the shrinking popularity of hatchbacks in the US, we won't be getting it in the United States. This means the US market will be deprived of the base Golf hatchback and Sportwagon, though we will get the hotter versions like the Golf GTI. VW will reveal several variants of the Golf over the course of 2020 and the German automaker has even released a schedule of when we can expect them. Keep in mind, these reveals are for the European market so it will be much longer before they arrive in the US if they arrive at all.
In the Spring of 2020, the sportier GTI and GTD variants will be announced. We've spotted GTI prototypes out testing and we are anxious for its arrival in the US. This new model should produce more than the 220 horsepower found in the seventh-generation car, so expect an increase of anywhere from 10 to 20 hp. There is even talk of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system for the next-generation GTI. Dieselgate has completely ruined the image of diesel cars in the US, so there's no way the Golf GTD will be sold in the US market.
Later in the Summer, VW will reveal a mild-hybrid Golf and plug-in hybrid Golf GTE. The Golf mild-hybrid will use a 1.0-liter engine while the GTE gets a larger 1.4-liter unit. The GTE will be sold in 201 hp and 242 hp guises, though we are not sure if either will be offered in the US as this model has never been offered stateside before.
In September, the hardcore Golf R will arrive, hopefully packing well over 300 hp. A track-focused Golf TCR could also be in the cards, though it likely won't be offered in the US. Finally, 2020 will conclude with the reveal of the wagon and Alltrack models, which will not be offered for the US.