In the autumn comes the new Golf. The eighth generation is set to set standards in connectivity and operation. On the other hand, the engine offering is reduced.
It’s not just any car that’s new, it’s the Golf. For decades he has topped the German popularity scale – by a long way. In 45 years, the Gulf has been built in seven generations over 35 million times. It is synonymous with the Volkswagen brand and is one of the Group’s most important sources of income. Detached from the IAA – here everything revolves around the ID at VW – the Golf 8 gets its big performance on 24 October in Wolfsburg.
Until then, developers and engineers still have their hands full. At the moment you are in the “Functional safety and start-up preparation” phase, which is the name of the last station before the SOP, the “Start of Production”. VW assures to have everything dry in time for the launch at the end of this year. And reacts to a release of the “mirror”, which due to the high complexity of electronics many bugs should not be resolved, which would mean a punctual start of production. “We are absolutely on schedule,” calms VW development chief Dr. Frank Welsch, and prefers to talk about “tickets” when it comes to errors, with around 125,000 of them handled each year, with around 120 parallel vehicle projects, according to Welsch.
A first seat test in the new Golf, internally simply called VW 380, shows unmistakably: Wolfsburg’s icon has arrived in the fully digital age. Displays dominate the cockpit, buttons and physical switches are as good as no longer available. “With the new interior concept, we are transferring the digital lifeworld of customers into their everyday automotive life,” says Dr. Rolf Zöller, Head of Electrics / Electronics Development, “the always-on principle is finding its way into vehicle architecture . ” To German: The new Golf is always online, has connection to the cloud, services can be expanded, software purchased later. He is also fit for semi-autonomous driving and can communicate with other vehicles and their infrastructure (Car2x) as well as with his home (Car2Home).
Electronic upgrade on the one hand, mechanical disarmament on the other. “We have almost halved the engine / transmission combination,” says Karlheinz Hell, head of the Compact series, with body parts also falling victim to the red pencil: three-door, sports van and convertible are over, the latter replacing the open T-Roc ,
Technically, the Golf 8 is based on the MBQ evo, retaining its size, wheelbase and of course its characteristic design. He must immediately and everywhere be recognizable as Golf. The entry is the three-cylinder EA211 evo with 85 kW / 116 hp. However, this is not available from the market launch. VW puts most engines in the next year. 2019 are the two-liter diesel (EA288 evo) and the 1.5-liter TSI (EA211 evo) to have. The 1.6-liter diesel is canceled, the two-liter receives a 12-volt belt starter generator. 48 volts are the TSI. VW speaks here of mHEV (mild hybrid electric vehicle). The same type of electrification is planned for 2020 for the one-liter three-cylinder engine. It is quite possible that this engine even gets a plug-in hybrid, in addition to the already well-known hybrid trailer in the GTE. Here, however, VW sends the 1.4-liter pension, builds the new 1.5-liter. The all-electric e-Golf is running out. He replaces the ID. He can do everything better, is bigger inside and drives on.
The performance-hungry fan base has to be patient for a while. GTI, probably with about 260 hp and Golf R with more than 300 hp, will start in the second half of 2020. On the diesel side leaves VW again a GTD model (204 hp) off the line. And because the topic of natural gas can not be wiped off when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions, the Golf 8 will also be available as a CNG version. The basic engine for mono valent design is also the 1.5-liter TSI four-cylinder. He should get around 130 hp.