And it will make its world debut very soon.
Volkswagen has been teasing the upcoming ID.3 electric hatchback in recent months. However, it isn't the only major new model the German automaker is launching this year, because Volkswagen is also preparing to unleash the all-new Golf.
VW is currently applying the finishing touches to the eighth-generation Golf and has released a new teaser photo showing a camouflaged prototype undergoing final testing. Volkswagen says the new Golf boasts "powerful proportions" and has been designed for "the era of electrified drives, a digitalized and connected interior world, assisted driving and online-based functions and services."
Unfortunately for VW, photos of undisguised prototypes have been doing the rounds on the internet. Predictably, the design changes will be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. Volkswagen has built 35 million Golfs since the original launched in 1974, so we weren't expecting any drastic changes. Also, notice how the badge on the prototype is covered up? That's because Volkswagen will unveil a new corporate logo at Frankfurt, which the new Golf and ID.3 will wear.
"At this time, we will not disclose all details of the new Golf, but you can already perceive its elegant proportions," said Klaus Bischoff, head of Volkswagen Design. "The next generation will be a genuine eye-catcher!" While the ID.3 will debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, Volkswagen has confirmed the new Golf will make its world debut this fall. Sales are expected to begin early next year in Europe.
According to a recent report, the base version of the new Golf and Golf SportWagen won't be sold in the US. Instead, US customers will only be able to buy the more powerful GTI and R trims since these models tend to be more popular Stateside. The GTI, for example, outsells the standard Golf model almost three-to-one. Traditionally, VW models launch a year earlier in Europe, so US customers may have to wait until 2021 for the new Golf to arrive. It should be worth the wait though, as the range-topping R model is rumored to have 400 hp on tap.