The next-generation Volkswagen Golf is expected to debut in less than a year and now we’re hearing more information about the next Golf. The eighth-generation VW Golf will likely move upmarket a bit with a long list of new tech features that will separate it from its competition, but there’s two things it may lose – the wagon and three-door body styles.

2018 VW Golf Sportwagen

According to Autocar, the eight-generation VW Golf lineup will be simplified with the three-door and wagon versions likely getting the axe. The three-door Golf has already been discontinued in the US and with buyers increasingly signing on the dotted line for a crossover, wagons are often ignored.

Insiders have also revealed that VW wants to position the next Golf as an alternative to luxury compact models, like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Compared to the current Golf, the next-generation Golf will have a wider track and slightly longer wheelbase. Inside the more spacious interior will also be packed with the latest tech features that will essentially get rid of traditional knobs and switches. The only buttons will likely be on the steering wheel, since touchscreens will replace the traditional center console and climate control knobs.

The eighth-generation Golf will also ride on a modified version of the existing MQB platform, but thanks to lighter materials, the new Golf should come in about 100 pounds lighter. Under the hood the new Golf will be powered by a range of 12-volt and 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrains. Even the next GTI will get a mild-hybrid powertrain, which will make it the most powerful GTI yet with an output around 261 horsepower.

VW sources have also revealed that the next Golf will be “always connected” since it will be permanently connected to the internet. The next Golf will also get autonomous driving capability.

“The next Golf will take Volkswagen into the era of fully connected vehicles with extended autonomous driving functions,” revealed Karlheinz Hell, Head of VW’s compact series. “It will have more software on board than ever before. It will always be online and its digital cockpit and assistance systems will be the benchmark in terms of connectivity and safety.”

What will the next Golf look like? According to design chief Klaus Bischoff, it will be “more fluid, more sporty with a very unique face.”

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