Volkswagen confirms five hot hatch variants of the new Golf VIII

The Volkswagen Golf VIII premiered today at Wolfsburg Autostaldt with evolutionary styling, a new range of engines and an array of technology for the interior that sets new standards for the C-Segment. Besides being one of the most important models in the automotive industry, the Golf has always been a very important player at the hot hatch market, so we are very happy to hear that Volkswagen confirmed not one but five hot hatch variants for 2020!

The new Golf comes in many engine variants with petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI), natural gas (TGI), mild-hybrid (eTSI) and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid and GTE) versions, ranging from 90 PS to 300 PS of power.

The hot hatch range of the new Golf will consist of the classic all-rounder GTI, the more focused GTI TCR, the diesel-powered GTD, the plug-in hybrid GTE and the top of the range, all-wheel-drive Golf R. All of those variants will launch in 2020 and will probably feature unique styling details and sporty setup to differentiate them from the rest of the range.

The eighth-generation is slightly longer compared to the outgoing model at 4,284 mm (+26 mm), has the same width of 1,789 mm, slightly lower height of 1,456 mm (-36 mm) and a longer wheelbase of 2,636 mm (+16 mm). Thanks to the new design, the body is also more aerodynamic with a coefficiency of 0.275 cd.

The design team headed by Klaus Bischoff took an evolutionary approach with a more expressive and sporty design details, especially at the front. As described by Ralf Brandstätter, Volkswagen’s COO,  the new Golf has “A striking face with a low front section. Never before has a Golf looked so sporty, so cool”.

As for the interior, Head of Design Klaus Bischoff said “In an increasingly complex world, the new Golf enables the driver to operate it simply and intuitively” referring to the all-new Innovision Cockpit (digital instrument cluster, central touchscreen and optional head up display).

Another interesting feature is the Travel Assist system which handles the steering, braking and acceleration on highways driving at speeds up to 210 km/h, as well as the standard Car2X system which communicates with other vehicles within an 800 m radius in order to inform the driver ahead of any dangerous situations.

At the premiere, besides the regular Golf, we got to see the Golf R-Line package and the sporty plug-in hybrid Golf GTE which feature slightly different body kits. The GTE has larger air-intakes at the front bumper with honeycomb background, framed by additional glossy-black elements. It also features a different grille with the GTE emblem, the new VW logo and a horizontal LED strip that looks like an extension of the headlights DRLs. At the back, there is also a new bumper extension with quadruple tailpipes and glossy-black finish for the diffuser.

Volkswagen didn’t release the full specs of the sporty Golf GTE variant however we know that it will produce 180 kW / 245 hp of power and it will have a new 13 kWh lithium-ion battery offering an electric range of around 60 km.

For more information on the upcoming Golf-based hot hatches, stay tuned to hothatch.com.au.