Anything that's not a crossover, preferably with partially or fully electrified drivetrains, is in jeopardy of being phased off these days. Ford is but one automaker that has ditched some iconic nameplates, with the subcompact Fiesta being one of them. So, what does the future hold for Volkswagen's Golf? The popular model will reportedly live on for the next generation, as the car manufacturer has decided to greenlight its development. Nonetheless, as you probably already know, it is going to drop the powertrains fed by dead dinosaurs in favor of electron-sipping assemblies. But where will this put it in relationship with the similarly-sized and shaped ID.3 electric hatchback? It has yet to be determined, but it appears VW plans to keep both of them alive initially, though it is likely that the zero-emission model will be eventually dropped.
Powertrains With Single and Dual Motors Topped by the Hot GTI and R Grades
Another big news represents the maximum output supported by this architecture, which will be 1,700 horsepower. Nevertheless, that does not mean the Golf Mk8 will arrive with a four-digit output, as other models, presumably from Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi, Bentley, and probably Bugatti could be the ones to offer that much power on tap.
The cheapest versions of the Golf Mk9 are expected to launch with single-motor powertrains, though it remains to be seen whether they will be front- or rear-wheel drive. We lean towards the latter, and it is obvious that the top grades will feature dual motors with all-wheel drive capability. Volkswagen intends to keep the GTI and R monikers alive, so look forward to hot hatch versions of the upcoming battery-electric Golf. The Mk9 generation Golf R is expected to pack AWD, and since it needs to stay true to its FWD predecessor, the GTI should feature 2WD. And speaking of suffixes, it appears that the GTX will eventually be dropped.
Exterior and Interior Design and Technology Features
The cockpit should be on the minimalistic side. We believe most functions will be implemented into the new infotainment system that should still feature a tablet-like positioning. The main screen will likely have a larger diameter and will be joined by a digital instrument cluster. Chances are the Golf Mk9 will boast augmented reality in higher trim levels and a clever head-up display. The entire cockpit will still be bathed in ambient lighting. The center console will probably be home to a small toggle switch used to change gears, and a wireless charging pad and several USB ports should be included, too.
Look for new driving assistance gear, including a Level 4 autonomous driving system (Level 5 is the range-topper and is identical to Level 4, bar the lack of steering wheel and pedals). This means that the car will be able to drive on its own regardless of the scenario, though not all features will be available, as it will have to comply with the local laws and regulations. Thus, even though it will theoretically have fully autonomous abilities, we wouldn't hold our breath that it will be able to drive you home after a long night at the local bar – unless the legislation allows it, and it probably won't, not yet anyway.