The third news from the conference that you can watch for yourself below is that Volkswagen will continue to use the GTI moniker even in the electric era. It is not clear yet, which the first model to have this suffix will be and if it will be an EV, but we will see it in the next few years.
We already know that Volkswagen is planning a facelifted Golf Mk8, which is a work in progress. The 2023 Volkswagen Golf facelift, or Golf 8.5 as VW enthusiasts will refer to it, will be launched sometime next year. With it, or shortly after, Volkswagen will also launch the next-gen Tiguan.
The upcoming Tiguan will be the last of its kind to still feature internal combustion engines, as is the case with the facelifted Golf. The two models will be replaced by their electric successors when the time for replacement comes, but their names might not be the same.
While the Volkswagen Golf 9 was confirmed, it might be called ID. Golf, instead of just Golf. The upcoming electric-only VW Golf is expected to slot below the ID.3 and be smaller than it, as well, while being larger than the upcoming ID.2, which will replace the Polo, but without taking its name.
The Wolfsburg conglomerate has pledged to only build electric vehicles in Europe from 2033, and this meeting involved a reconfirmation of the initiative.