The seventh generation VW Golf was reportedly going to receive a facelift late next year, and so, the all-new model wasn’t expected to be revealed before H2 2016. However, a report from Autocar now claims that the all-new 2017 VW Golf (VW Golf Mk8) is arriving in late 2016.
Before the emissions scandal broke out, the MQB architecture was planned to be given a major update with an aim to make it less costlier, as per the report. The eighth-gen 2017 VW Golf will be the first model to be launched under the company’s new electrification strategy that includes focus on mild hybrid powertrains. The report says that insiders predict the next-gen Golf will come with a new 48V petrol hybrid system as its main powertrain option. This strategy could be effectively implemented in North America, where the ‘clean diesel’ model would probably not be considered reliable for a long time to come due to the emissions scandal or what is infamously the ‘DieselGate’
With the mild-hybrid system, Volkswagen is targeting an impressive fuel economy of 60 mpg (21.24 km/l). The powertrain may incorporate a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with an electrically-powered supercharger and a combined starter motor/generator. An inexpensive lead-acid battery could be put to use for storing recovered energy. The 48V hybrid system would be used with diesel engine too.
Several automotive and component companies have scheduled a meeting next month in Dusseldorf, Germany to finalise the industry-wide technical specifications for these 48V hybrids, the report concludes.