Thursday, July 13, 2017

Report: Next-Gen Golf Set to Get Smarter and Lighter


By: Sam McEachern
The next-generation Volkswagen Golf will ride on a lighter version of the automaker’s MQB platform and will also gain a variety of tech features including a self-parking system.
According to a new report from Germany’s AutoBild magazine, development of next-generation Golf was pushed back due to the costs associated with VW’s diesel emissions scandal. The all-new model isn’t expected to arrive until 2019 or 2020, but when it does, it will be much different than the well-received MK7 car we currently have.
Underpinning the new Golf will be an updated version of the MQB platform, which is expected to be up to 150 lbs lighter than the current architecture. The new platform will also enable the rear cargo space to grow from 380 liters to at least 400 and should help free up space inside the cabin as well. Speaking of the cabin, it will be much more tech-laden, featuring a standard digital instrument cluster, an available heads-up display and gesture controls. As we mentioned before, a self-parking system will also be on the cards.
Perhaps the most interesting info surfacing about the next-gen Golf is in regards to the ‘GTI’ and ‘R’ performance models. Both are set for a boost in output, with the new GTI said to produce up to 250 horsepower and the all-wheel drive R making a significant 350 horsepower. In Europe, the GTE performance hybrid model will return with an extra 20 horsepower on tap and an all-electric driving range of up to 50 km (31 miles).
VW is believed to have hinted at the styling of the next-gen Golf with the Gen.E research vehicle. The concept, shown at the recent Future Mobility Days 2017, appears somewhat like a sharper, more futuristic take on the Golf. It boasts an electric driving range of 249 miles, which is enabled by an advanced lithium-ion battery pack and an optimized electric motor.
The next-generation VW Golf may debut sometime next year in time for the 2019 model year.



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