Volkswagen Releases Mk8 Golf Design Sketch

While still an idealized sketch, Volkswagen has released the first image of the full Mk8 Golf.

Buried deep within the companies AGM materials, the images provide us our best look yet at the next generation Golf. Less tired-looking than the camouflaged pre-production models we’ve seen running around Europe and South Africa, the sketch shows a decidedly new, if evolutionary design.

Although not a wild departure from the Mk7, the grille that leads into the headlights, which themselves lead into the character line, is a departure from other recent Volkswagens. Unlike the Jetta, the T-Roc, and even the Arteon, the Golf doesn’t use VW’s new 2015-Ford-Edge aping y-shaped grille, which I imagine will please a number of our commenters.

But we already knew that from spy pictures. Equally interesting is the big infotainment screen that leads unbroken-like into the digital dash and across—it looks like—onto the driver’s left.

It all looks very modern and chic, if a little complicated. That’s an issue that VW has been struggling with, as IT woes have reportedly delayed the Mk8’s market introduction until October.

What those screens will do to the base Golf’s price will be interesting to see—just how do you make a cheap version of that dash?—but that might not be an issue for us Americans.

Reports have suggested that VW’s North American wing might not bother introducing the base Golf, opting instead to carry only the GTI and the R. Volkswagen maintains that it hasn’t made up its mind yet, though.

“The Golf R and GTI are confirmed, but other Golf models are still under consideration for the North American Region,” a spokesperson told us at the start of the month.