Last month, the 2019 VW Golf’s exterior was partially leaked online in spy shots from China. Using the details revealed by these spy shots, IAB’s automotive illustrator Shoeb Kalania has created renderings of the future model.
The 2019 VW Golf will have a low-profile front-end with visibly sleeker headlamps, substantially slimmer upper grille, two-part lower air intake and a sharply designed bumper. The designers will likely push the headlamps and upper grille much lower while they reduce their footprint, leading to a longer, more sloping bonnet. At the rear, spy shots have shown VW Tiguan-inspired L-shaped, narrower tail lamps.
To round up, the VW Golf Mk8 will feature a sharper and more aggressive design, but its dimensions won’t differ much from its predecessor. The range will include GTI, R-Line and R variants with unique styling touches once again.
The next-gen VW Golf will have a much higher level of digitalisation compared to today’s model. While a more advanced Active Info Display is a sure-shot feature, reports speak of a touchscreen for the climate control system, a head-up display with Augmented Reality and a voice assistant as well. Expect a more minimalist layout for the dashboard, more comfortable seats and some new convenience features.
Moving to the engine line-up, Volkswagen’s goal is to offer petrol engines as fuel efficient as diesel engines and diesel engines as clean as petrol engines. A 95 PS/115 PS 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder petrol unit may kick-off the range. Above that, one can expect the 130 PS/150 PS 1.5-litre TSI four-cylinder petrol unit, an all-new 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine and an all-new 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine.
Many engines will feature a 12- or 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The performance GTI variant and the high-performance GTI variant are likely to sport a 2.0-litre TSI engine with this fuel-sipping technology (48V) that also provides better performance with an electric boost. A GTE plug-in hybrid variant and a natural gas variant are also planned, but a pure electric variant is not. The VW ID.1 will replace the VW e-Golf.
The next-gen VW Golf will enter production in mid-2020. The VW ID.1’s production will commence at the end of the same year.