The German automaker thinks a ninth-generation model will come.
After an extremely long wait filled with spy shots, teasers, and leaks, the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf was finally been revealed. Sadly, the United States won't be getting the base Golf, so we will have to wait even longer until the sporter GTI and R models arrive. While the new Golf is barely a week old, speculation has already begun on the next-generation model.
It seems a bit premature to start worrying about the ninth-generation model already but with VW's push towards electrification, it seems like the Golf's future could be in doubt. But speaking with a member of VW's powertrain department, Top Gear learned there's still hope for a ninth-generation Golf.
With the recent reveal of the ID.3, a Golf-sized electric hatchback, some might speculate there will no longer be a need for the Golf once all cars go electric. But Lars Hentschel, a member of the powertrain department says there's "no way it's 100 percent electrification in 2030. Even my boss Mr. Diess is not enthusiastic. That would be far too much. There has to be a next-generation Golf, I'm convinced." Given Hentscel's logic, the Golf 9 would arrive sometime in 2027 or 2028 assuming the typical seven-year lifecycle of a car.
But even if the car retains its gas engine, electrification will play a major role in the Golf's performance. The current model, at least in Europe, will be sold in GTE guise with a 1.4-liter engine mated to a battery and electric motor. We still don't know what will power the eighth-generation Golf R but VW board member Jurgen Stackmann has previously said "if there is a future for R it must be electric."
Hentschel confirmed his team has worked on a few different options for future electrification in the Golf, including electric compressors like the ones used on the Audi SQ7's tri-turbo diesel V8. We've already seen how 48-volt mild-hybrid technology has improved performance in several Audi models, so perhaps we will see it trickle down to the GTI and Golf R.