Volkswagen’s CEO Dr. Herbert Diess has already given tentative approval to the next generation Golf, even as a face-lifted version of the current generation is due out later this year. In the wake of dieselgate, Volkswagen is working hard on zero-emissions batter electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the Golf 8th generation.
The e-Golf will use the MEB architecture platform and will use a 48-volt on-board power supply that will also be used in the Golf GTE.
“The current e-Golf is 190 kilometers [118 miles] of range on paper and about 120 kilometers [75 miles] in the real world, the Golf VIII e-Golf will have 300 kilometers [186 miles] of real-world range – genuinely 300 kilometers. ”
– Volkswagen Group small car development leader Dr. Jocham Böhle
The next generation Golf family will arrive in late 2018, likely as a 2019 model year. The electric version e-Golf, and plug-in hybrid Golf GTE will arrive soon after that.