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Volkswagen Golf 2019: spy shots, specs, prices and release date

The Week logo The Week 22/01/2019 Cameron Tait
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A new version of Volkswagen’s Golf hatchback has been spied testing on public roads in Germany ahead of its public debut later this year.

Images posted by US-based motoring blog Carscoops shows an almost undisguised version of the car at a McDonald’s drive-through, giving fans their best look yet at the new model’s final design.  


At the front, the eighth-generation Golf features a headlight design similar to that of VW’s Passat saloon, along with a new grille that looks wider than the one on the outgoing model. 

The bonnet also cuts deeper into the headlights than the seventh-generation car, giving the new Golf a more aggressive, streamlined look. 

The rear end has been slightly tweaked too. The roofline appears to slope downwards at the back of the car, while the rear windows have a more coupe-like design. 

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The hatchback also seems to have a “flatter” tail-light design similar to that of the VW T-Roc crossover, although Auto Express says this could be down to “deceptive stickers”. 

According to Autocar, the new Golf will be built on an updated version of the MQB production platform that underpins the seventh-generation model. 

Illustration shows VW Volkswagen logo during the opening day of the 97th edition of the Brussels Motor Show, at Brussels Expo, on Friday 18 January 2019, in Brussels. BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM        (Photo credit should read DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images) Illustration shows VW Volkswagen logo during the opening day of the 97th edition of the Brussels Motor Show, at Brussels Expo, on Friday 18 January 2019, in Brussels. BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM (Photo credit should read DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)

Company insiders told the magazine that the German carmaker has used more lightweight materials on the next version of its best-selling model, shaving 50kg from the car’s overall weight.

As the clock ticks down until the new Golf arrives, here is what else we know about the hatchback:

When will it launch?

A Volkswagen logo is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) © ASSOCIATED PRESS A Volkswagen logo is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Manufacturing is expected to get under way in the coming months, with the first model due to leave the production line in June, says Auto Express.  

Given that timing, VW may unveil the eighth-generation Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which runs from 12 to 22 September. 

However, the magazine says buyers will have to wait until 2020 before sales open. 

How much will it cost?

Official pricing will be announced closer to the car’s release, but the new Golf is expected to cost from around £18,000.

A worker dusts Volkswagen Golf models displayed during the second media preview day at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid © Thomson Reuters A worker dusts Volkswagen Golf models displayed during the second media preview day at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Will it go electric?

Yes, VW is equipping the next Golf with a 48-volt hybrid system designed to improve fuel economy on standard cars and boost performance on sporty GTI and R models, notes Evo.

However, Autocar says there won’t be a new version of the all-electric e-Golf, which is due to be replaced instead with VW’s new ID range in 2020.

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