The reveal date was pushed back from the Frankfurt Motor Show.
We’ve been waiting for a long while for the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf to be revealed, and it’s finally going to happen later this month. Motor1 reports that Volkswagen will pull off the camouflage and show us the true successor to the Mk7.5 on October 24 at 12 PM EST.
Production has already started for the new European Golf at VW’s main Wolfsburg plant. We will eventually get the Golf Mk8 in the United States, but with a couple caveats. First, Volkswagen will reportedly ax the base model Golf in our market, leaving the GTI and Golf R as buyers’ only options here. Beyond that, the SportWagen and Alltrack definitely aren’t coming to the U.S. Instead, we will get a new crossover, called the Tarek, sometime around 2021.
The all-electric e-Golf will also phase out with this generation, as it will be replaced by the ID. 3 hatchback in Europe. We Americans will get the ID. 4 — formerly known as the ID. Crozz — as well as some other electric variants in the coming years.
What about the GTI and Golf R?
We should still get the hot Golfs, but not for awhile yet. The 2020 Volkswagen Golf R will reportedly skip production, and the Mk8 Golf R will return as a 2021 model. As for the GTI, we should get it sometime sooner, though Volkswagen has not announced an official launch date.
The 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 should look familiar to those accustomed to the brand’s iconic hatch. The front end has gotten a facelift, as has the rear, typical of new generations. Between the two ends should be some more substantial changes. That includes Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit, an updated infotainment system, and some changes with the switchgear.
Not that we’ll get them here, but VW Group’s other Golf-based models will debut behind the Golf itself. That includes the Skota Octavia, SEAT Leon and Audi A3 Sportback on November 11.
Stay tuned for more Volkswagen Golf news, views and real-world reviews coming soon! While we’re waiting for the new Golf, check out our comparison of the current GTI against the Golf R: