Volkswagen has presented the eighth generation at a world premiere in Wolfsburg on Thursday, October 24.
The automaker says the latest model will feature more digitalisation and connectivity than ever before, packed with innovations and, sporting a highly expressive design.
Coming to SA next year
Volkswagen South Africa will launch the eighth generation Golf in GTI form first in late 2020, TSi and Golf R models to follow.
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Volkswagen confirmed the Golf will be available in two, four-cylinder petrol engines with 66kW and 81kW, two, four-cylinder diesel engines with 85kW and 110kW. There will also be a five-model hybrid line-up with power ranging from 81kW all the way to the sporty 180kW GTE version.
It is still unconfirmed as to which other models will be available locally. More information will be released closer to its official launch in South Africa.
"This car is completely new. But a Golf always remains a Golf because the underlying concept is timeless. This car has defined our brand over decades. The Golf has consistently made new technologies available for everyone," says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
Setting the standard
"Over the course of seven generations, the Golf has impressed more than 35 million customers. The entire automobile industry expects a new Golf to set the standard", explained Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.
According to Volkswagen, the displays and controls are all digital with everything from the infotainment system to the touch slider providing the driver with convenient complexity. There is also a windshield heads-up display that is offered as an option, further enhancing the range of information available.
Watch a recap of the reveal below: