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New Volkswagen Golf Taking Cues From Mercedes' Interiors

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Compared to its predecessor, the new VW Golf’s interior will be significantly more high-tech.

We may have already seen the next-generation Golf completely undisguised, but this is our first official look at the next-generation model provided by Volkswagen. During an annual shareholder meeting, the German automaker shared new details and some revealing renders of the new Golf previewing the exterior and interior designs.

As previous spy shots have shown, the eighth-generation Golf's exterior will sport new headlights and an evolutionary design that will be instantly recognizable for long-time fans of the iconic hatchback, although the sketch design features some exaggerated styling with a lower roofline and larger wheels.

Volkswagen has also given us an early preview of the new Golf's interior, which will be significantly more high-tech than its predecessor's cabin. The interior is mostly devoid of physical buttons, featuring a large infotainment screen that seamlessly merges with the digital gauge cluster, a strategy that's so far been used mainly by luxury brands like Mercedes.

The center console also has a couple of storage spaces, including one that appears to feature a wireless charging pad for mobile devices. Elsewhere, the gear shifter appears to have been redesigned and there's also a new multi-functional steering wheel.

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Originally, the Mk8 Golf was going to be revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but VW will instead use the event to debut the electric ID 3 hatchback. Now, the new Golf is slated for debut in October at a private event Wolfsburg, Germany, where the car is expected to be built. For the first time, the Golf will also get a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain, and a plug-in hybrid variant has also been announced with a claimed electric range of 50 miles per charge.

A recent report claims the standard version of the new Golf won't be sold in the US due to slow sales, but the hotter GTI and R variants will still be available. The latter is especially exciting, as a range-topping Golf R Plus model is tipped to have 400 horsepower on tap.