Volkswagen unveils next-gen Golf and its hybrid variants

First, the Golf is offered in five hybrid variants. Five! There will be three mild hybrid versions with a 48V lithium-ion battery and two plug-in hybrids. The plug-ins will be equipped with a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery, which Volkswagen says has a lifetime of about 60 kilometers.

Meanwhile, the inside ads are completely digitized. No analogue tachometers anymore. Instead, it resembles the interior of the ID3 unveiled last summer in Frankfurt. No wonder, because sharing components saves money. Digitization also reduces costs, so that a single piece of hardware in a vehicle can be used in all regions.

An 8.25-inch or optional 10-inch display houses the infotainment system that Alexa supports for voice-controlled control. This layout is similar to the ID3.

With regard to connectivity, the vehicle is supplied with the vehicle-to-X communication standard. In addition to the cars that talk to each other, they can connect to a compatible infrastructure. The automaker says it will be able to connect with other cars up to 800 meters away, and that the technology will help with “swarm” intelligence that “marks the beginning of a new phase of traffic safety.”

In the more traditional powertrain, the new Golf is offered as a four-cylinder petrol engine (TSI), diesel petrol engine (TDI) or natural gas petrol engine (TGI). For the US market, we will get the gas version of the vehicle.

Volkswagen has so far only committed to bring the GTI and R versions of the new Golf in the US. The car manufacturer still decides whether he will resell the base model of the vehicle here. The biggest disappointment is that none of the hybrids are offered in the United States.

The eighth-generation Golf will be available in the showroom from December.