Volkswagen has released a large batch of fresh photographs of its new Golf 8, giving us a closer look (both inside and out) at the latest version of the hatchback.

When the eighth-generation Golf was officially revealed late in October 2019, the Wolfsburg-based firm shared a fairly limited range of images. But now a larger collection of photographs – some of which we’ve included in the gallery above – has been published on VW’s international press site.

As a reminder, the Golf again rides on the VW Group’s MQB platform but this time is offered in five-door form only. It measures 4 284 mm long (an increase of 26 mm compared with the outgoing model), 1 789 mm wide (down 10 mm) and 1 456 mm tall (down 36 mm), with a wheelbase of 2 636 mm (some 16 mm longer than before).

The local line-up of the new hatchback will again include a Golf 1,4 TSI variant (with 110 kW), the popular Golf GTI derivative and the range-topping Golf R model. Each will be offered with the firm's DSG dual-clutch transmission as standard. Interestingly, VW says the GTI-badged model will be the first Golf 8 derivative to arrive in South Africa "late in 2020", with the 1,4 TSI and R-badged models following at a later stage.

Check out the Golf 8 in the gallery above...