Report: Next-gen Volkswagen Golf could surface in late 2016 with hybrid model

The current seventh generation of Volkswagen Golf has been with us since 2012 and new reports are hailing to suggest an all-new eight-generation model could surface as early as late 2016.

According to AutoCar, the new Volkswagen Golf could also get a hybrid variant as well.

It’ll be built on an updated version of Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform, which also serves as a starting point for the Europe-only Skoda Octavia and SEAT Leon. It’ll be the same story for the next-gen versions of those models as well.

As for the hybrid, word is Volkswagen’s aiming for a fuel-economy rating of 50 mpg on the US rating system, and 60 mpg on the UK system.

Gas power would be supplied by a new 1.0L three-banger with a turbocharger and an electrically-driven supercharger, similarly to Volvo’s twin-charged engine. It’ll also have a recovery energy storage system using a lead-acid battery.

Other expected technology includes gesture control, similar to the new BMW 7-Series, as well as a fully-digital instrument cluster and a massive 13-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system and a smaller screen for the climate controls, similarly to Honda’s and Acura’s recent dual-screen setup.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoCar


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