The mid-cycle replace of the Golf will usher in a sequence of enhancements in styling, tech, and effectivity, with the aim of sustaining its place as a benchmark in its section
We’ve up to date this story with all the newest data, plus a recent batch of renderings and undercover spy pictures (12/3).
VW is sort of able to unveil the ultimate ICE-powered model of the Golf earlier than the enduring nameplate transitions to electrical. The automaker’s CEO Thomas Schäfer has confirmed that the mid-lifecycle replace for the Golf MK8 is ready to debut in 2024. We’ve gathered all accessible info together with revealing spy pictures to offer a glimpse of what to anticipate from the facelifted compact mannequin.
The VW Golf is among the hottest nameplates within the automotive world and even supposing globally, compact hatchbacks have misplaced their gross sales dominance to SUVs, it stays an important mannequin for the German model. The present eighth-gen Golf was launched in 2019, so it’s no shock that VW is planning an replace for 2024. Usually, the VW Group has a quite delicate method to facelifts, however this doesn’t imply that the Golf gained’t get necessary visible and technological revisions.
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Through the second half of 2023, our spy photographers captured a number of prototypes of the facelifted VW Golf with minor camouflage, uncovering a lot of the visible updates. Whereas the greenhouse and profile are carried over, the sharper LED headlights and the revised entrance bumper that features a ‘smiley-face’ model consumption, convey a recent look to the outside. On the rear, we anticipate extra delicate adjustments, primarily specializing in new LED graphics for the taillights and slight changes to the decrease part of the bumper.
The compact hatchback retains its unmistakable Golf id, paying homage to its heritage and VW’s evolutionary design philosophy for this mannequin. Along with the usual model, prototypes of the performance-oriented GTI (gasoline), GTD (diesel), GTE (PHEV), and R trims have been spotted, every sustaining their distinctive sportier bodykits, vibrant accents, and badges. Moreover, we’ve caught a glimpse of the longer and more versatile Variant (estate) physique model, which can even be supplied within the top-tier R variant.
Bigger Display screen And Extra Tech
Our spy pictures have supplied a sneak peek into the inside alterations, with prototypes unveiling a number of the recent elements inside the cabin. The point of interest will probably be a notably bigger touchscreen for the infotainment system, resembling the 15-inch unit first launched within the VW ID.7 earlier than making its manner into the Tiguan and the Passat. Decrease-tier fashions might function a smaller 12.9-inch display screen, which nonetheless surpasses the present Golf’s 10-inch show in dimension.
Volkswagen has dedicated to phasing out touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel, signaling a probable return to bodily buttons for the Golf. The refreshed hatchback ought to profit from upgraded supplies, enhancing general high quality, and introduce new technological options such because the digitally managed “Good Air Vents” impressed by the ID.7. Moreover, we anticipate an elevated presence of superior driver-assistance methods (ADAS), complementing the present central airbag introduced for the 2023 model year, which contributed to attaining a coveted five-star EuroNCAP ranking.
Updates Below The Pores and skin And Heavier Electrification
The 2024 Golf will proceed to make the most of a barely enhanced model of the MQB Evo structure, a platform shared with fashions just like the Tiguan SUV and the bigger Passat Variant within the VW Group’s lineup. Engineers are set to refine the chassis setup, enhancing the hatchback’s dealing with and trip traits. The Golf has lengthy been considered a benchmark within the compact section, and these enhancements intention to uphold that status.
Relating to powertrains, it’s been confirmed that the facelifted mannequin will mark the ultimate ICE-powered Golf earlier than VW’s transition to changing into an all-electric model by 2033. Consequently, there gained’t be any sudden developments underneath the hood, as the present engine choices will both be retained or obtain slight enhancements.
On the coronary heart of the vary, the up to date 1.5 eTSI turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline (petrol) engine will take heart stage, outfitted with mild-hybrid expertise. It’s anticipated to return in two energy variants, delivering 129 hp (130 PS) and 148 hp (150 PS), mirroring the choices accessible within the Tiguan. Moreover, the entry-level 1.0 eTSI may obtain some updates geared toward enhancing its environmental efficiency.
Judging from the Tiguan and the Passat Variant, the tried-and-tested 2.0 TDI will make one final look earlier than the demise of the diesel. Moreover, totally different variations of the two.0 TSI will energy the GTI and R sizzling hatches – presumably with elevated outputs in comparison with the present fashions.
Better focus will probably be positioned on the eHybrid / GTE variant, which is poised to undertake the next-generation PHEV system primarily based on the 1.5 TSI engine and a seven-speed DSG transmission. This represents an improve from the present 1.4 TSI and six-speed DSG configuration. The PHEV iterations of the Tiguan boast energy outputs of 201 hp (204 PS) and 268 hp (272 PS), due to a notably bigger 19.7 kWh battery pack that gives a formidable zero-emission vary of as much as 100 km (62 miles).
In distinction to sure rivals such because the Peugeot 308 and Opel Astra, which supply electrical variants, VW has determined towards electrifying the soon-to-be-retired MQB platform. This resolution stems from the supply of the MEB structure, making it pointless to put money into electrifying the MQB. Moreover, the forthcoming SSP structure is nearing its debut in manufacturing fashions past 2026, and it’ll function the inspiration for the all-electric successor of the Golf, set to be manufactured at the Wolfsburg plant.
Because the official unveiling of the facelifted Golf Mk8 is scheduled for 2024, it wouldn’t be shocking if Volkswagen initiated a teaser campaign within the coming weeks or months, offering glimpses of the upcoming hatchback, even when they reveal facets we’ve already seen.
Observe: This story incorporates speculative renderings that aren’t associated to, nor endorsed by VW.