According to the latest reports from the German media, Volkswagen will introduce the new Golf 8 (VIII) in 2017. Just like the Passat B8, the new Golf 8 will arrive with a brand new design and will look quite different when compared with the model it replaces.
Auto motor und sport says that the eight-generation Golf will be wider, lower, will feature a new stylish front grille as well as redesigned headlights and taillights. For the first time, the Golf will receive a heads-up display but also the MirrorLink, which were available on larger models.
MirrorLink allows the driver to use their smartphone applications found on their smartphones via the touchscreen display located on the dashboard.
Volkswagen will continue to use the MQB platform that underpins the current generation and other models build by the company such as the Audi A3, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia.
Fuel consumption will also drop due to the fact that the eight-generation Golf will be lighter (-50 kgs) but also thanks to the new eight-cylinder turbodiesel engine that was introduced on the Polo and on the new Skoda Fabia.
Regarding the safety, Volkswagen will offer new systems that will debut on the 2015 Passat such as automatic braking with pedestrian recognition but also automatic parking.
Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new seventh-generation Golf in Berlin, Germany, around 36 years after it introduced the original model into the market. The next generation of the VW Golf has been designed to offer greater degrees of practicality, comfort, efficiency and safety to the class.
The seventh generation of the Golf offers more passenger room and is laden with more advanced technological features than its predecessor. Yet it weighs up to 100 kg less than the previous model, thanks to new production techniques, helping the new Golf to be up to 23 percent more efficient. Aside from being lighter, the new Golf is also safer, as made possible by a stronger body structure that weighs 23 kg less. It also comes with an array of passive and active safety systems offered as standard or optional.
Volkswagen has the seventh-generation Golf underpinned on the so-called MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) architecture or Modular Transverse Matrix, which standardizes several vehicle component parameters across different brands and vehicle classes. MQB allows the new Golf to gain access to new powertrains and technologies, especially safety and infotainment elements that used to be found in vehicles in higher segments.
In terms of dimensions, the seventh-gen Golf has a length of 4,255 mm, a width of 1,799 mm, and a height 1,452 mm, with a wheelbase of 2,637 mm. Compared to the sixth-generation model, the new Golf is 56 mm longer, 13 mm wide and 28 mm lower. Its wheelbase is also 59 mm longer while its front wheels are moved 43 mm, allowing the new Golf to offer more interior space. Now lower, the Golf boasts of a 10 percent improvement in terms of co-efficient of drag value at 0.27 Cd.