According to a report coming from the well known German magazine “auto motor und sport”, Volkswagen plans to reveal the eighth generation of its iconic Golf model in 2017.
If the information pans out, the German maker would be swiftly revealing another generation of the model just five years after the seventh premiered (this year the model celebrated its 40th anniversary). And, in a critical departure from the current design strategy – which makes new model generations look like mere mid-life refreshers – the next Golf will feature more radical styling changes, with entirely new front and back lights, for example.
The report further gave details about the new technology underpinning the rumored eighth generation. When it comes to safety features, the Golf would be treated to a system that automatically takes care of parking – and another one that can automatically break and recognize pedestrians, sourced directly from the new Passat.
VW Group’s well-known generic new architecture MQB will underpin the model, just as the Seat Leon, Skoda Octavia and Audi A3. Working to cut consumption to meet the new EU emission standards, VW would offer greener and more efficient engines – including a three-cylinder unit taken from the smaller Polo.
Via Automotive News Europe