According to sources of Autocar magazine, German engineers will continue working on the four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre model. With integrated 48V electrical system new Golf GTI hot hatch version will become more fuel-efficient, thereby contributing to reduced air pollution and the future of the Planet. By the way, this system is expected to be introduced to the VW Golf lineup with start/stop coasting function which will shut down an engine not only during stops, but also when the vehicle is in motion (in this case the subsystems have to operate on battery). Volkswagen Group assures that the facelift is guided by a team with Michael Mauer in charge, who left Porsche to join Volkswagen a year ago. Insiders claim that Golf remains recognizable as a VW Golf.
A myth that electric cars can be on a par with petrol or diesel cars is becoming a thing of the past. New Volkswagen Golf GTI will produce 260hp and include two innovations: electric blower and integrated starter generator which will play the role of a "pony" motor during the period of acceleration (so called mild hybrid). Golf GTI will retain a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine. A standard model is announced to have 265hp (same as the latest Clubsport had), and Performance Edition will bring around 280-300hp to the table. At the same time, the basis for the vehicle will be an evolutionary MQB platform. In both cases this combination will turn heads among car enthusiasts. New GTI will weigh slightly less than the predecessor (the difference will be a few tens of kilograms). The release of the new Golf GTI version is planned to be a year after a standard eighth generation hot hatch comes out, which is in the end of 2019 or at the first half of 2020.
Ultimately Volkswagen Group sets the trend and is a role model for the European fellow tradesmen being up to speed on the car market.