Volkswagen’s next Golf hatch will appear in 2017, just five years on from the debut of the current, according to new reports out of Germany this week.
The carmaker has yet to confirm any details of a replacement for the seventh-generation Golf, although this latest report adds some credence to earlier talk of shorter lifecycles for the Volkswagen range.
Speaking with Bloomberg earlier this year, Volkswagen US boss Michael Horn said that the company will soon move to meet a growing demand for new models to arrive faster than ever before.
“Customers want quicker change,” Horn told the paper in June. “We’re working to shorten the life cycle of the products to bring more new features and design elements, in terms of face-lifts, to the market quicker.”
Now, a new report with Auto Motor und Sport suggests the next Golf will sooner than the usual six- to seven-year cycle enjoyed by most models on the market.
Likewise, the Golf 6 model’s position as a massive overhaul of the Golf 5 meant that the current Golf 7 was also just five years away from debut.
This suggests that the Golf 8 model reported to appear in 2017 will instead be yet another extensive makeover instead of an all-new model.
As with Golf generations 5 and 6, the 8 will likely utilise the same architecture that underpins the current 7, with a comprehensive exterior redesign applied to give the hatch an ‘all-new’ look.
Auto Motor und Sport reports that the ‘new’ model will appear even lower and wider than the Golf 7, and we could potentially look to the recent T-Roc concept as a preview of the hatch’s restyled front and rear.
The report adds that Volkswagen has cut around 50kg from the eighth-generation hatch’s kerb weight, and its small petrol and diesel engines have been made even more efficient.
That follows reports last week that the company’s ultra-green XL1 will inspire the next Golf’s mechanical package, with its two-cylinder diesel-electric system capable of delivering fuel figures as low as 0.9 l/100km.
Whether any of the XL1’s styling traits will also appear with the next Golf remains to be seen.
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