Volkswagen Confirms Death of Three-Door Golf 8

Finally. Tomorrow we’re going to get to see the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf, in-full, for the first time. Here’s what the head of the platform it’s based on thinks makes it special.

“The Golf is an icon: like no other car, it embodies high-quality mobility for everyone. I can promise you that the eighth generation will once again set standards. It is modern and elegant. It stands for technology, diversity and individuality. The sporty GT- and R-models also appeal to a broad customer group,” said Karlheinz Hell.

Hell said that the design will be immediately identifiable as a Golf, but that the design will “carry us into the digital age.” With not just the exterior styling but with new innovations like what VW calls an Innovision Cockpit.

It will be loaded with new driver assistance technologies like standard lane assist, front assist, and vehicle to infrastructure communications technology. Things VW says were normally only found on higher classes of car.

Does the ID.3 electric make the Golf irrelevant? “I’m sure we’ll continue its success story. With its economical and clean power units, it will remain the first choice for many customers. The Golf 8 will also continue to develop in terms of electrification. For example, we will offer all automatic vehicles with TSI power units as eTSI and expand the E-Hybrid range to include two alternatives. We are thus making an important contribution on the road to CO2-neutral mobility,” said Hell.

But despite the new powertrains, VW has pared down the Golf lineup. Say goodbye, three-door version, for example. In total, there are 35 percent fewer variants, Hell said. the three plants that build the car will be reduced to just one, as well, so all Golfs will be built at VW’s Wolfsburg plant.

We’ll get to see the new car tomorrow, with market launch starting from the end of the year. GTI and R will come next year.