Eighth-generation hatchback previewed in official rendering.
Volkswagen, it seems, has been placing the bulk of its attention on its new generation of ID-badged electric vehicles. But don't think that it's forgotten about its core range for one second. In fact, it's just released this teaser and initial information on the next generation of what could easily be described as its most essential model.
In two weeks from now, VW will lift the veil off its all-new, eighth-generation Golf, opening a new chapter for the quintessential hatchback that's arguably been its most important model since the original Beetle.
The exterior design, previewed in this single rendering, looks unmistakably like a Golf, but updated for the modern era. The front grille is all but completely gone, replaced by a narrow strip extending the full width of the nose, from which the restyled headlights visually "drop," and with the lower air dam ostensibly providing the bulk of its engine-cooling needs.
Behind it, Volkswagen promises a "new range of efficient engines" as well as new suspension technology to make it handle better than ever before. And the interior (rendered in the second image above) promises more digitalization and connectivity features than the outgoing model (pictured below) that was first introduced in 2012.
The eighth-generation VW Golf is set to debut on October 24 at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, and go on sale (in some markets at least) in December. After that, we can expect a range of variants to follow. In addition to the core hatchback, the current model is offered in Variant/SportWagen and taller Sportsvan body-styles, as well as GTI and R performance trims, battery-assisted GTE and e-Golf versions, and with more powertrain options than we'd care to count. Expect the new model to proliferate along similar lines, but for now, we're just looking forward to seeing the next Golf in its essential form in two weeks.