A mule of the eighth generation of the Volkswagen Golf has been spotted testing in public in the cut-and-closed body a of the current generation of the car with the new cabin infotainment and the different buttons of the central console.
The observation, which has also presented our spy snapper at the opportunity to photograph the vehicle in four-cylinder engine, comes three months after Volkswagen member of the board of directors for the supply of Ralf Brandstätter has been said that the Golf was already at an advanced stage of development.
In fact, the development of the Golf has been in progress for more than two years now, with key aspects of the car, already described by high-level Vw sources as having committed the status of the project.
Despite the upheaval brought to its use by the diesel emissions scandal and the handling of subsequent legal complications in the major world markets, Volkswagen has held firm to the original launch schedule for the new model. This means that the volume of sales of versions of the new Golf are scheduled to reach UK showrooms in the last quarter of 2019.
Although the first observation provides us with no clues as to how the car will look, a sketch (below) released by Volkswagen suggests the car will be to maintain the wedge shape of its more recent ancestors. Our new test mule sighting adds that by suggesting the cabin will also take a step in the evolution of the front, with a larger digital instrument cluster and new centre console part of the available updates (most of which are discussed below).
VW laid the foundation for the two cylinders to the stop and motor-free wheel stop functions in the turbocharged 1.5 TSI Bluemotion petrol version of the current update of Golf, through the adoption of a dual 12V electrical system. Now, the Coach can confirm that the company is set to take the fuel-saving technology even further.
The company is planning a more contemporary, 48V system that will allow the next Golf to be a more comprehensive network for more intuitive and greater fuel savings, especially with petrol versions of the car.
Connected tech takes precedent
Autonomous driving will be a key element of Volkswagen’s best-seller in its eighth generation, the brand shoehorn even more advanced autonomous technology in the new model, as well as to ensure that it is the most connected model in the history of the company, before the all-electric ID tailgate to the end of 2019.
Head of VW’s compact series, Karlheinz Hell, revealed: “The next Golf will take Volkswagen into the era of fully connected vehicles with stand-alone expansion to the functions of the steering. It will have more software on board than ever. It will always be online and its cockpit and digital systems of support will be the reference point in terms of connectivity and security.”
The current Golf has Volkswagen’s semi-autonomous Traffic Jam Assist system, which controls the steering, acceleration and braking of the car under 37mph, it is certain that the eighth-generation model will take a leap in advancement over this. Elsewhere in the Volkswagen Group, the Audi A8 is the first VAG car to achieve the Level 3 of autonomy in places where it is permitted.
Gasoline, diesel and hybrid
With the VW ID of the power line on the way, the eighth-generation Golf will have a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains. The adoption of the 48V electrical system indicates that Volkswagen is putting more emphasis on gas units than in generations past, with features such as cylinder shutdown and the motor-free wheel stop set to become standard on many models.
The new or upgraded powertrains will be offered in combination with a six-speed manual or sevenspeed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, depending on their configuration. The sides of front wheel drive, Volkswagen also has plans to option four-wheel drive 4Motion in some models in a repeat of the previous four generations of its perennial best-seller.
On the side of the essence, the entry-level models will abandon the existing turbocharged 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine to today as the model for the lighter turbo 1.0-litre three-cylinder which has already been launched in the latest Golf.
The existing turbocharged 1.5 TSI engine, which made its debut as a replacement for the old 1.4 TSI in the facelift is set to be upgraded with a particulate filter. This approach is designed to lower exhaust emissions to help achieve the EU’s prescribed 95 g/km fleet average CO2 by 2020.
It will come as standard, with both the cylinder stop and coasting functions to be offered in the newly unveiled the seventh-generation Golf TSI BlueMotion Edition, which has already claimed the average CO2 rating of 104 g/km.
New 1.5-litre diesel on the way
Diesels will include a yet to be revealed 1.5-litre four-cylinder from the replacement unit to today 1.6 TDI. There will also be an updated version of today’s 2.0 TDI in at least three different power outputs.
The two diesel engines will be coupled with a new SCR system (selective catalytic reduction) system, which is claimed to contribute to a 10% reduction in CO2 levels compared with today’s diesels.
The secret surrounds of Volkswagen hybrid regimes, although the supplier sources close to its engineering operations suggest the turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine currently used in the Golf GTE can be supplanted by a less expensive, naturally aspirated version of the German car manufacturer, is 1.5-litre petrol unit in an effort to reduce production costs.
The GTI goes hybrid
The next generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTI is set to adopt a “mild hybrid” that promises improved performance and refinement, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions compared to the recently facelifted current model.
The adoption of an advanced 48V electrical system and integrated starter motor on the new hot hatchback is part of a powertrain of the review will be taken into account in the whole of Mk8 Golf line-up. The changes are also to make the new model the most potent series-production Golf GTI yet.
Although the new Golf GTI is still nearly two years of its introduction, sources close to Volkswagen research and development boss Frank Welsch revealed that the initial performance of the target point for a similar power to the 261bhp of the limited edition Golf GTI Clubsport.
Scheduled to go on sale in the UK in 2020, the new Golf GTI will retain an internal combustion engine: VW’s familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline unit.
However, the introduction of the 48V electrical system will allow the four-cylinder engine to request changes. It is likely that the exhaust gas turbocharger of today’s model will be replaced with an electrical control compressor which provides an improvement of the low response and a wide plateau of torque for more flexibility.
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In addition, the integrated starter motor will allow VW to provide the front-wheel-drive Golf GTI with a so-called “boost” function, in which an electric motor mounted to the front of the series seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox supplements the combustion engine mode of operation.
Uses the update of the platform Mk7
The basis of the next Golf is an updated version of the versatile MQB platform used by the model today. Volkswagen insiders suggest it will use a larger percentage of light metal that the existing structure for a reduction of 50 kg.
Planned changes to the construction process are also capable of providing simplification of the production process and reduces the time to build in the framework of the initiatives aimed at improving the economies of scale and cost-efficiency of Volkswagen’s best-selling model.
Although there are still two years before the new Golf course of the introduction, Volkswagen said that it has already locked in the design of the car, which was developed under the direction of the company as at the latest design boss, Michael Mauer, who was responsible for the styling of the current Porsche line-up.
Those who, in private, the last clay model mock-ups of the new car-to say the progression of the classic sedan of its predecessors, with familiar proportions, reinterpreted the details and simple of the surface to make it instantly recognisable as a Golf course.
Style characteristics described in the Coach include a thin horizontal grille bookmarked by small angular headlights than those in use today, with a distinctive LED daytime running light graphic.
The new car is also said to have more pronounced wheel arches and a very defined side swage line, in combination with a typical C-pillars and a relatively upright tailgate.
Three door stays, but not cabrio
VW plans three different versions: a three-door hatchback, a five door hatchback and an estate. There are no plans to develop a successor to today’s convertible.
With a moderate increase in track widths at the front and at the back, with a little longer wheelbase and reduced rear overhang, the new Golf is said to offer more interior space than the current car. As with the exterior, the cabin has been designed to be familiar to existing Golf owners.
The standard specification is set to include analogue instruments and controls, but as with the recent facelift, there will be options of high-definition Active Info Display digital instrument and a central infotainment touch-screen monitor.
Also planned are new gestures and conversation of the control functions in combination with the connectivity and networking features, currently being pursued by VW of a digital boss Johann Jungwirth.
Other systems will include autonomous driving functions is also a characteristic of the recent facelift, including a traffic jam assistant that allows the driver hands-off at speeds of up to 37mph.
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