The new Volkswagen Golf GTI will be presented in Geneva

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI will be presented in Geneva

January 16, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Volkswagen will have a total of four Golf models at dealerships by the end of 2020 – the R will go on sale a few months after the GTI, diesel GTD and interchangeable hybrid GTE. After showing the GTI and GTD at the Geneva Motor Show, the R version will be shown in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The transition from a regular Golf to a GTI is likely to be as finely crafted as the previous versions. It will include conventional dual-tailpipes, red brake calipers, chunky air intakes and a body kit that extends around the bottom of the car.

In contrast to the original plans, Wolfsburg decided not to radically switch to hybrid power. Instead, the eighth-generation Golf GTI is set to use most of the hardware that has made the seventh-generation model so successful, both critically and commercially.

This means an updated version of the Audi-developed 2.0-liter turbocharged EA888 gasoline engine used in the existing Mk7 Golf GTI. Again, as in the current car, it will be offered with two power outputs: standard power is about 242 hp. and a more powerful model with 287 hp, which will replace the MK7 Performance version. More recently, at the end of 2018, VW planned to switch the Golf GTI to moderate hybrid power as the flagship performance of the new line of gasoline-electric moderate hybrid models with the IQ logo.

The new Golf GTI builds on an updated version of the existing MQB platform, which uses the MacPherson front strut and multi-link rear suspension in combination with adaptive damping control.

Engineers involved in the development of the new car say much attention has been paid to steering precision. The electromechanical installation of the outgoing model has been seriously redesigned to provide it with additional feedback levels and a more direct ratio. Buyers will be limited to only one body style: a five-door hatchback. The three-door will no longer be produced. Changes inside include a new digital cab with an optional head-up display and new switchgear, including a center console with a short T-gear for DSG versions.

The new GTI is expected to follow the core model and receive technical repairs. Most importantly, this includes the integration of a new, larger central digital screen that will have some touch functionality, but also a new tactile control system designed to facilitate the most common control settings.