The production Golf has leaked in all its glory before the official reveal on October 24.
Just last week, Volkswagen gave us a first official look at the all-new Golf in a design render. Now, with just over a week to go until the hatchback's world debut, leaked photos posted on Facebook by a Czech Volkswagen fan page show the all-new 2020 Volkswagen Golf in all its production glory.
In truth, this isn't the first time the new Golf has leaked, but these photos represent our best look yet at the new eighth-generation hatchback. Unlike previous prototypes we've seen, there's no tape covering up the redesigned LED headlights, which look sharper than the last model's. We can also see the full-length light bar uncovered for the first time.
Overall, the design isn't a significant departure from the previous Golf, which isn't surprising since this would cannibalize sales. Crucially, it's still instantly recognizable as a Golf, but Volkswagen has updated the design with some modern touches to make it look sleeker. It wears VW's new corporate logo and sports a much thinner grille than before.
More significant changes can be found inside, as the driver-focused cabin is more high-tech than ever before, with a multitude of digital displays and new connectivity features. The steering wheel appears to be the same as the wheel found inside the Passat and T-Cross, and the manual gearbox in the model shown in the leaked photos suggests we're looking at an entry-level model.
Officially, the new Volkswagen Golf will debut on October 24 at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, before initially going on sale this December in some markets (i.e. Germany). The entry-level model won't be available in America, however, since it's the worst-selling Golf variant in America. Instead, US customers will only be able to buy the new Golf GTI and R performance variants, but it isn't clear if either of these models will be shown on October 24.