According to German media, Volkswagen will be introducing the eighth generation Golf as early as 2017. Earlier reports had suggested that the Volkswagen Golf VIII will be coming after 5 years in the year 2019. According to a new report on Auto Motor und Sport, Volkswagen will be introducing the model in 2017 just five years after the current generation model was unveiled. The report says the eighth gen model will be lower and wider than the current Golf VII and will adopt a significantly different styling which will include brand new headlights and tail-lights clusters.
The model will be underpinned by the MQB platform and will benefit from a significant weight loss of 50 kg (110 lbs). The Golf VIII will be plonked with more efficient engines, including a three-cylinder mill borrowed from the facelifted Polo. The report doesn’t mention whether it’s the 1.4-liter diesel (offered with 74 / 89 / 104 bhp) or the 1.0-liter gasoline (89 bhp).
The 2017 Golf will allegedly receive the bigger infotainment systems from the Passat and will come with a head-up display and the possibility of using the touchscreen display to control smartphone apps. Also on offer would be a wide array of safety equipment such as automatic parking and braking (with pedestrian recognition) sourced from the all-new Passat.
As previous reports have suggested, feeding the engines on the 2017 Golf will be electric turbochargers. The model will also boast of coasting technology and a flywheel system. The base model could have a curb weight of less than 1,100 kg (2,425 lbs). The 2017 Golf will also carry over some aerodyanmic tweaks seen on the XL1 to meet the strict emission norms which will be implemented in the European union on the year 2020.