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Volkswagen’s eighth-generation Golf will get know-how revamp with digital dashboard, however launch is delayed till 2020

Volkswagen has launched an inside design sketch for the brand new Mk8 Golf, displaying a definite evolution of the model’s cabin look and know-how.

The picture, which exhibits an intensive rethink of VW’s inside format, reveals the Golf will undertake a big, dual-screen instrument and infotainment show panel stretched throughout the motive force’s eyeline. The remainder of the cabin will get a extra minimalist look because of this.

Earlier stories from Automotive Information Europe acknowledged that the household hatchback’s launch will likely be delayed till early 2020. 

ANE quotes Volkswagen gross sales boss Jürgen Stackmann as saying: “We predict it is higher to return early subsequent yr with a full throttle offensive. It would not have something to do with manufacturing. It is a gross sales resolution since you do not attempt to put vehicles beneath the Christmas tree [ie put the car on sale in December] when nobody is paying consideration.”

VW had initially deliberate to launch the brand new Golf on the Frankfurt motor present. As an alternative Stackmann says the ID EV will likely be launched in Frankfurt. Stackmann additionally denied German media stories that the delay was a results of technical points with the automotive’s digital dashboard and infotainment structure.

A VW UK spokesman added that the delay was unlikely to influence UK deliveries considerably, as they have been at all times scheduled for early 2020.

Surprisingly, the information comes not lengthy after the brand new Golf was photographed undisguised throughout ultimate testing.

The newest model of the Ford Focus rival has beforehand been spied with no camouflage livery, however the photographs – that includes a number of vehicles in quite a lot of colors – have been the clearest but. They confirmed how the eighth-generation model will keep the acquainted styling of the Golf, however that it will likely be sharpened and refined consistent with the most recent Volkswagen designs.

Volkswagen administration have additionally begun providing some particulars in regards to the newest model of the Golf, crucial machine within the agency’s vary.

Talking on the Geneva motor present, Stackmann stated the brand new Golf maintained the heritage of earlier variations, however with the advantages of recent know-how.

“The brand new Golf will likely be every part individuals beloved for years, however now made digital,” stated Stackmann. “Individuals desire a Golf – it is iconic – however now there’s an enormous leap ahead within the digitisation inside it. It is nonetheless a Golf, however now digital. It is saved what individuals have beloved and moved it to the following part.”

Stackmann additionally confirmed there will likely be no e-Golf within the subsequent technology to keep away from overlap with the ID hatch and the vary will as a substitute “finish with the GTE” when it comes to electrification, with all future electrical VWs based mostly on the agency’s devoted electrical platform.

The GTI and R will likely be changed, with the R once more the range-topper. Which means there will likely be no big energy increase for the hybrid GTE. Stackmann stated there will likely be an announcement on the GTD, with out confirming whether or not or not it’s going to return.

The brand new Ford Focus rival was beforehand photographed by Volkswagen fan and Instagram person johannes.vag when it was passing by way of a McDonald’s drive-thru in Germany with nearly no protecting camouflage.

The automotive within the pictures tallies with final yr’s official preview sketch and Autocar’s earlier renderings, with a sometimes evolutionary design method for the agency’s vary mainstay and detailing tailored from the smaller Polo. A brand new grille and lightweight design – previewed by the most recent Touareg SUV – was hinted at within the sketch, however that household resemblance is not as evident on this prototype – probably as a result of some trim items are nonetheless coated.

The Mk8 Golf can have ranges of fuel-saving know-how, connectivity, autonomous driving functionality and refinement which are supposed to render the mainstream competitors second greatest.

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Its exterior styling will likely be an evolutionary design that once more emphasises a large, flowing C-pillar. There’s anticipated to be somewhat extra sharp-edged definition to the bodywork, following the template of the most recent Polo. The GTI model will function massive nook air vents in its decrease bumper, as previewed by the GTI TCR idea earlier this yr.

Volkswagen will use the Mk8 Golf to introduce a robust 48V mild-hybrid powertrain and a brand new vary of micro-hybrids. There may also be variations powered by compressed pure gasoline, however there gained’t be a brand new electrical Golf, as a result of Volkswagen will start introducing its new ID vary of electrical vehicles shortly after the Mk8 is launched.

The mannequin’s vary will likely be simplified, with the three-door and property bodystyles the more than likely candidates for the axe. With customers more and more turning to SUVs and crossovers, and with makers of huge mainstream vehicles beneath important value and revenue pressures, insiders say the Golf Mk8 will try to lure patrons who’re downsizing from bigger vehicles and premium fashions such because the BMW three Sequence and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, providing extra cabin and baggage area than is regular on this section, excellent refinement and distinctive gasoline economic system.

The brand new Golf can have a noticeably wider monitor and much more room within the already spacious cabin, in addition to a touch longer wheelbase and an even bigger boot than its hatchback rivals.

The automotive can also be anticipated to have an inside that’s nearly fully devoid of typical switches, a minimum of on the higher-end fashions. Volkswagen design boss Klaus Bischoff has been quoted as saying that the Mk8’s inside is a “whole” digital setting, with the steering wheel the one typical element. Touchscreens will change the normal instrument binnacle and the local weather controls. Even the headlight swap might be changed by a touchpad.

Replace of Mk7 platform

The premise for the following Golf is an up to date model of the versatile MQB platform utilized by at present’s mannequin. VW insiders recommend it’s going to use a higher share of light-weight metallic than the prevailing construction for a 50kg discount in weight.

Deliberate modifications to the development course of are additionally stated to supply extra streamlined manufacturing and lowered construct instances as a part of a method aimed toward enhancing the economic system of scale and profitability of VW’s best-selling mannequin.

Though there’s nonetheless a while to go earlier than the brand new Golf’s introduction, VW says it has already locked within the automotive’s design, which has been developed beneath the steering of the corporate’s newest design boss, Michael Mauer, who was liable for the styling of the present Porsche line-up.

These aware about the most recent clay mannequin mock-ups say the brand new Golf advances the traditional hatchback look of its predecessors, with acquainted proportions, reinterpreted particulars and easy surfacing to make it immediately recognisable as a Golf.

Key styling options described to Autocar embody a skinny horizontal grille bookmarked by smaller angular headlights than these in use at present, with a particular LED daytime working gentle graphic. The brand new automotive can also be stated to have extra pronounced wheel arches and a closely outlined facet swage line, together with sometimes extensive C-pillars and a comparatively upright tailgate.

Petrol and diesel engines

The brand new Golf Mk8 will get a spread of 12V mild-hybrid engines for the entry-level and mid-range variants. The 1.5-litre TSI ACT petrol unit will likely be carried over from at present’s Golf Mk7 however this will likely be joined by a 1.Zero-litre three-cylinder petrol motor and an all-new 1.5-litre diesel, which can also be more likely to be bought as a 12V delicate hybrid. Autocar understands that the help of the mild-hybrid system’s starter/ generator lessens the load on the engine and reduces the spikes of NOx emissions from the diesel’s exhaust.

One of many extra intriguing rumours is that the 1.Zero-litre petrol engines won’t be turbocharged in any respect, however might as a substitute rely solely on direct help from a belt-driven starter/generator motor (SGM). The considering is that the SGM will present sufficient further energy and torque for the bottom engines, permitting the turbocharger, intercooler and related piping and management techniques to be dropped.

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The Golf Mk8’s diesel line-up will embody the brand new 2.Zero TDI (codenamed EA288 Evo) engine. VW says the bottom model of this unit has been considerably re-engineered to scale back exhaust air pollution. There’s a extra environment friendly and responsive turbocharger and the engine is lighter, loses much less warmth and has lowered inner friction.

Extra vital, the engine’s particulate filter and catalyst have been resized for improved efficiency, notably over time. VW claimed the engine gives a mean of 9% extra torque and energy along with a mean 10g/km lower in CO2 emissions. The agency stated the brand new diesel unit will are available in variations starting from 135bhp to 201bhp and will likely be seen in Audi fashions earlier than being put in within the Golf Mk8 subsequent yr.

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VW has already launched particulars of the Golf’s 1.5-litre TGI Evo pure gasoline engine, manufacturing of which begins this yr. Based mostly on the 1.5-litre TSI engine, the TGI unit makes use of the identical Miller cycle valve timing and a variable geometry turbocharger. It develops 129bhp and 148lb ft from 1400rpm when put in within the Golf Mk7. VW claims that this engine emits about 93g/km of CO2 on the NEDC cycle when it is attached to the standard- concern dual-clutch gearbox. Pure gasoline engines are additionally decrease in NOx and particulate emissions than diesel and vehicles could be refilled from the gasoline mains community through small wall-mounted compressors. Nonetheless, the shortage of a pure gasoline infrastructure within the UK means this variant is unlikely to succeed in these shores.

The brand new or upgraded powertrains will likely be supplied together with both a six-speed handbook or seven-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox, relying on their configuration. Alongside front-wheel drive, VW additionally plans to supply non-compulsory four-wheel drive (which it calls 4Motion) in chosen fashions, prefer it has carried out within the earlier 4 generations of its perennial greatest vendor.

Two sorts of delicate hybrid

The massive shock for the Golf Mk8 drivetrains is that VW says it will likely be investing in each 12V and 48V mild-hybrid techniques after the corporate re-engineered the Golf household MQB electrical structure (one of many costlier element techniques in a automotive) to accommodate a 48V system. Till now, 48V delicate hybrids have solely been utilized in premium VW Group vehicles such because the Bentley Bentayga and Audi SQ7.

Frank Welsch, VW’s technical improvement boss, has already revealed the agency’s new ‘reasonably priced’ 48V system, which makes use of a belt-integrated starter/ generator/alternator to help the engine by offering further energy and torque on to the engine’s crankshaft.

The important thing to adopting 48V in a mass-market automotive was VW and its suppliers growing a cheaper and extra compact set-up, which makes use of a small DC-to-DC converter and small lithium ion battery.

Welsch stated the 48V set-up permits a lot higher quantities of vitality to be recuperated than with 12V techniques, which implies considerably improved gasoline economic system. These new mild-hybrid engines also can begin and cease extraordinarily shortly, which is able to enable the Golf Mk8 to change out and in of coasting mode when driving, making additional gasoline financial savings.

Related tech takes priority

VW sources have already promised that the following Golf will likely be ‘at all times related’. Utilizing the identical eSIM card that has already appeared within the new Touareg, the Golf Mk8 will likely be completely related to the web. This can enable the automotive to faucet into 3D satellite tv for pc mapping, hybrid radio (the place the audio system finds the strongest sign for a station, whether or not analogue or digital) and the choice of stay data resembling the most recent pricing at close by gasoline stations.

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The everlasting connectivity opens the way in which for these future fashions to ‘learn’ the topography of the highway from 3D mapping, for instance, and swap to coasting when heading downhill, or approaching a junction.

Autonomous driving will likely be a key function of VW’s best-seller in its eighth technology, because the model will shoehorn much more superior autonomous know-how into the brand new mannequin, in addition to guaranteeing that it’s the most related automotive within the firm’s historical past, forward of the all-electric ID hatchback that is additionally due in late 2019. 

Head of VW’s compact sequence, Karlheinz Hell, revealed: “The following Golf will take Volkswagen into the period of totally related autos with prolonged autonomous driving capabilities. It is going to have extra software program on board than ever earlier than. It is going to at all times be on-line and its digital cockpit and help techniques would be the benchmark when it comes to connectivity and security.”

The present Golf advantages from VW’s semi-autonomous Site visitors Jam Help system, which controls the steering, acceleration and braking of the automotive beneath 37mph, so it is sure that the Mk8 mannequin will take a leap in development over this. Elsewhere, the Audi A8 is the primary automotive within the wider VW Group to realize degree three autonomy the place permitted.

Golf to set VW design agenda

Whereas the brand new Golf will likely be an evolutionary tackle the outgoing automotive, it’s going to function new design parts that design chief Klaus Bischoff described being “extra fluid, extra sporty with a really distinctive face”.

It’s a part of a brand new VW technique to differentiate its commonplace mannequin vary from the brand new ID household of electrical vehicles, stated Bischoff: “[ID is] a brand new world of proportions and completely new bodystyles that are extra emotional. As we undergo the ceiling design- smart on ID vehicles, we have to echo that with ICE vehicles, so these can have extra sporty proportions [and] a extra progressive, clear design.”

Bischoff stated future vehicles will stay devoted to VW’s conventional design cues: “We wish to our origins so no ‘me too’ merchandise. They may all stay as very particular person VWs.

“In the event you have a look at front- of-car designs, almost all people is copying Audi. VW will go down its personal highway to remain true to the model, and never look over the fence to others.” 

Volkswagen reaps MQB’s rewards

Volkswagen’s MQB structure underpins its best-selling mannequin, the Golf, of which 968,284 have been bought in 2017.

The modular toolkit is used for many of the agency’s most profitable fashions. In whole, 5 MQB fashions presently account for three.eight million world gross sales.

The agency’s second-bestseller final yr was the Jetta/Sagitar (the latter is a Chinese language-market compact saloon), with 883,346 models bought. The seventh-generation Jetta, which went on sale this yr, is now based mostly on MQB, as are the agency’s two subsequent best-sellers: the Tiguan SUV (769,870 bought), in each short- and long-wheelbase varieties, and the Polo. 

The Lavida, a Jetta-sized MQB saloon bought solely in China, is the agency’s sixth best-selling mannequin, with 507,000 made in 2017. That leaves the Passat/Magotan household, which is bought in Europe, the US and China. Present European variations of this mannequin are constructed on MQB, with the US and Chinese language variations switching to the structure in 2019, including one other 660,000 or so MQB vehicles to the gross sales whole.

These figures are merely for Volkswagen itself: the MQB toolkit can also be used extensively throughout the group’s different manufacturers.

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