Although the next generation VW Golf MK8 is anticipated in early 2018, unfortunately if it’s the GTI you’re after, it looks as though you’re going to have to wait until at least 2019 for it to arrive in the UK. Here are some predictions to keep you excited in the meantime.
It is expected that the eighth generation GTI will have a mild hybrid powertrain, featuring a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine boosted by an electric motor. This will have the double benefit of simultaneously increasing performance and fuel economy. Some key features of the engine are likely to be as follows:
- The integral starter motor will have a boost function to add to engine power in Performance mode.
- A 48V electrical system/battery will be included and the new GTI may exchange the exhaust gas turbocharger it has now for a compressor that is electrically operated, giving it improved low end performance.
- Power output could reach levels over 260hp, perhaps up to 290hp (or even 325hp for special edition ranges).
These features will probably be included across the full range of 8th generation VW Golfs.
Fuel consumption will also be improved by use of lighter metals in the MQB platform as well as an updated chassis, reducing how much the new version weighs by approximately 50 kilograms.
The standard VW Golf GTI will come with a seven speed DSG automatic gearbox, however it hasn’t yet been established whether or not buyers will also have the option of a manual gearbox.
Appearance of the new VW Golf GTI
As far as appearance goes, it is anticipated that the new Golf GTI will retain some of its previous classic design features with the following updates:
- Sporty wheels, aerodynamic details such as a new spoiler, beefy twin exhaust tips and red trim pieces should give it a more powerful and chunky appearance.
- It’s like to have more noticeable wheel arches.
- The tailgate is expected to be more upright and the horizontal grille to be slim, complemented with small headlights.
- A pronounced side swage line will enhance the lines of the bodywork.
- It is also expected that the inside will be fitted with a number of luxurious features coming as standard, including chequered fabric seats.
- There will be no shortage of other features either, including sat nav, an impressive information and entertainment system and advanced driver assistance features. It is also anticipated that gesture control technology will be incorporated.
Despite all these sporty details, it seems that the GTI Cabriolet won’t make a return, so the 5-door will be the only option.
If you want to get your hands on the new eighth generation VW Golf GTI you are looking at a price range starting at around £28k, increasing up to over £30k for the top of the range. If you’re happy to settle for the standard MK8 though you will probably be able to get your hands on one by the end of the year or early 2018.
Find out more about the current range available of VW Golf cars.