Even though the full seventh generation Volkswagen Golf lineup is just hitting our shores, it’s actually been around since 2012 in Europe and Asia. So the current Golf isn’t exactly news and it should be no surprise details for the next-gen model have apparently surfaced by way of AutoCar in the UK.
According to the latest report, then eight generation Golf is still five years away, but is being prepared to meet stricter European CO2 emissions restrictions due for implementation in 2020. To make the Golf more efficient and kinder to the environment to preserve polar bears, the new Golf takes inspiration from the XL1, resulting in better aerodynamics and fuel economy.
VW’s MQB platform will still be used to continue making the Golf lighter–a curb weight of 2,425lbs is the target. There’s a new flywheel system, currently being tested by Volvo, to provide the Golf with an all-wheel drive system that powers the rear-wheels while regenerating power from kinetic energy and providing the Golf with an extra 40bhp.
“Coasting” technology is also being developed to decouple the engine when cruising at speed, allowing for a shutdown, while traveling downhill or slowing down. Sounds like the days of engine braking are over, which is more fuel efficient than continuously starting and shutting off an engine.
And of course, electric turbochargers are expected to make their debut following the technology’s use in future Audi’s and new concepts.