Volkswagen Group has unveiled the VW Golf 8 — the eight-generation of VW Golf one of the iconic cars of Volkswagen in the launch event held in Germany. The new Volkswagen Golf 8 comes in with a new design, multiple power options to run it, and cutting edge technology enabled both inside and outside the hatchback.
The company has not announced the pricing and availability of the new Golf 8 yet.
Volkswagen says that it has sold more than 35 million VW Golf around the world since its launch in 1974.
The design of the new VW Golf 8 seems familiar, its length has been increased to 168.7 inches (4,284 millimeters), width has been decreased slightly to 70.43 inches (1,789 mm) with comparison to the seventh generation and the wheelbase of the car remains nearly identical at 103.8 inches (2,636 mm).
The new Golf 8 comes in five hybrid power options out of which three uses 48-volt mild-hybrid systems which generate 109 horsepower (81 kilowatts), 129 hp (96 kW), and 148 hp (110 kW). The other two plug-in hybrids with 13-kilowatt-hour batteries generate 201 hp (150 kW) and 241 hp (180 kW).
The new Golf 8 also comes in a 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder gasoline-fueled engine which generates 89 hp (66 kW) and 109 hp (81 kW). It is also available in two other variants of a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder which produces 114 hp (85 kW) and 148 hp (110 kW).
The diesel-fueled option comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine the produces 114 hp (85 kW) and 148 hp (110 kW).
On the inside of the new car, you will see the major changes it now features a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.25-inch infotainment system display and it also features a 10-inch infotainment screen. Users those who have compatible Samsung phones may connect the car with their phones which can be set as the car key when you’re close to the car you can unlock the car with a wave of your phone and start the engine by putting the phone in the center of the console.
It comes in with a new Travel Assist — a driver assistance technology that can handle the steering, brake, and acceleration on highways at speeds up to 131 miles per hour (210 kilometers per hour). The vehicle can also take advantage of Car2X communications to trade information with other vehicles and roadside infrastructure within a 2,625-foot (800-meter) radius.
The company has also introduced a new program named We Upgrade which allows the Golf buyers to add features like the adaptive cruise control, Light Assist headlight controls, navigation, smartphone app integration, and Wi-Fi hotspot even after taking delivery of the vehicle.