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Yes, according to Auto Motor und Sport, the MkVIII Golf will arrive in 2017 and ride on an updated version of the MQB platform underpinning the current model. This ties in with previous comments made by VW’s U.S. chief Michael Horn, who back in June said the automaker was looking to shorten its vehicle life cycles from seven years to five in order to keep up with American and Asian rivals.
So, what can we expect for the MkVIII Golf? Designers are said to be preparing dramatic changes for the vehicle, with a very low and wide look planned.
As for the updated MQB platform, more weight-saving measures will be employed, helping to shed around 110 pounds from the current model’s curb weight. This will likely be brought about by the increased use of high-strength, hot-formed steel and perhaps some aluminum or even composite materials.
In the engine department, new three-cylinder units will likely be employed. This will be in addition to cylinder deactivation on more models as well as vehicle electrification. Some future tech we can expect on the car are VW’s next-generation diesel engines; one of these next-gen diesels has already been revealed in the 2015 Passat designed for Europe. The engine, a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four, develops as much as 236 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, there will be a host of new infotainment and driver assistance technologies. The former will include more connectivity options as well as a possible digital instrument cluster and new app services. The latter will likely consist of new safety tech already announced for the European Passat. These include things like blind spot warning, an automatic crawl system for traffic and radar and camera-based braking systems.
Note, if the report is accurate, we should be seeing an updated version of the current Golf launched in Europe next year.