A fresh report out of Germany suggests that the reveal of the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf has been delayed until late in 2019, thanks to the automaker’s costly diesel emissions scandal.
Auto Bild reports that the Golf 8 will be officially unveiled at Frankfurt in September 2019, running on a further-tweaked version of the Wolfsburg brand’s ubiquitous MQB platform.
The publication claims that the new version of the popular hatchback will weigh between 35 kg and 70 kg lighter than the recently launched Golf 7 facelift, while also gaining sharper styling front and rear (apparently including the relocation of the “Golf” badge to the centre of the tailgate).
The German publication adds that even the base model Golf 8 will boast the brand’s nifty digital instrument display, while occupants can expect more space in the cabin (and a boot approaching 400 litres, too).
So, what about the Golf 8 GTI? Well, Auto Bild reports that the hot hatch will make 186 kW (up from the current 169 kW) in eighth-generation form, while the all-wheel-drive Golf R will be boosted to about 260 kW (from the current 228 kW).
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