The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf (pictured above) only went on sale in the US in August, but it has been on the road in some parts of the world since 2012. The German automotive giant isn't taking a moment's rest for one of its most well known models, though. The latest rumor suggests that VW is already developing the eighth revision of its bread-and-butter hatchback, and it may be ready for launch as soon as 2017.

The rumors come courtesy of German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, and it claims that the new model will receive a thorough restyling of the current look. Not only will this mean the usual changes to the front and rearend design, but the next Golf will also be wider and sit lower than the current one, according to the magazine.

However, the real focus for the new generation will be more sophisticated powertrain, infotainment and safety tech. To meet Europe's tightening emissions rules, VW will reportedly try to cut the Golf's weight by about 110 pounds with lighter engines. Cylinder deactivation for some powerplants and possibly even a three-cylinder option are on the table, according to Auto Motor und Sport. Other recent rumors suggest that the next Golf model even use variable-compression and an electric turbo system to further shed CO2 emissions.

Much of the other technology will trickle down from the forthcoming, European-spec Passat that will go on sale later this year. The Golf will supposedly get the sedan's pedestrian recognition system, parking assist, head-up display and Mirror-Link – a way to link the driver's smartphone interface to the infotainment screen.

Of course the big question is when the eighth generation will make it to North America. With the latest model being built at an updated facility in Mexico, another staggered release between the US and Europe could be in the cards.


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      Michaele
      • 4 Months Ago

      Ready by 2017? That means the U.S. will see it 2020-2021 if they are lucky.

        PoliticsnCars
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Michaele

        more like 2000-never at the rate the MKVII has taken to cross the Atlantic

      razorpit
      • 4 Months Ago

      This means nothing to is in the U.S.  How many generations back now is the Jetta wagon?  If I remember correctly it's actually two generations back now.  I use to love VW but now I feel bad for them. I can't think of a more mismanaged company. Even Mitsubishi seems to have a better corporate strategy for the U.S.  

        Joey
        • 4 Months Ago
        @razorpit

        The US has the Mk6 wagon. The rest of world has the Mk7, which was introduced just earlier this year.

          Lastchance
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Joey
          The NA version is based on the MK5  with the front fascia of the MK6.  This makes sense since they sell so few of the them in the NA that it would not make sense to completely retool the factory to make a new model for a market that does't buy them in any numbers. 
        Lastchance
        • 4 Months Ago
        @razorpit

        That is correct the North American market has a cosmetically modified MK5 Sportswagen. The rest of the world has a MK6. Many say that our version is superior since it has better interior materials and parts compared to the cost cutting done on the MK6 version. 

      mr.vw
      • 4 Months Ago

      VW's North American line up - yawn! VW would have more success offering the European line up here instead of the current North American skeleton product offering. 

      JP Chow
      • 4 Months Ago

      Just bring the Scirocco to North America already. 

        justwilliam47
        • 4 Months Ago
        @JP Chow

        You must be joking. 


        VW's problem is that they are a mainstream global player that is unable to compete in the important US mainstream market.


        The Scirocco is no different than the Phaeton or Eos. A premium priced entry from a mainstream brand that will not sell here in profitable numbers. A pity but true.



      Brian Rautio
      • 4 Months Ago

      It could arrive in 2017. But then it wouldn't reach North America until 2020. 2021 for the 2 door. And it will have 10 less horsepower. Oh well.

      LW
      • 4 Months Ago

      Are they actually coming out with the successor to the MQB platform?  Or is this just the MQB platform with the wheelbase, track, etc tweaked, which is what it was designed to do.

      mylexicon
      • 4 Months Ago

      No surprise the new Golf VIII will arrive as Phase II of CAFE 2025 kicks in. The new Golf will be lower and wider, which optimizes footprint-to-fuel-economy ratio.

      johnnythemoney
      • 4 Months Ago

      mk8 as in mk7.1, just as much as the mk6 was actually an mk5.1

      get real VW

        Randy915
        • 4 Months Ago
        @johnnythemoney

        It probably will be a successor to the EA888 as I see the MK7 being a MK6.1. MK8 should be a more revolutionary jump.

      Carlos Andrade
      • 4 Months Ago

      I couldn't care less by 2014.

      MacProMan
      • 4 Months Ago

      Seriously VW, this is just too much!  Why would you finally bring the latest Golf to the US only to bring the next gen version so quickly here... That just seems desperate... 

        ChrisD
        • 4 Months Ago
        @MacProMan

        the mk7 came out in 2012 in many parts of the world and it is now just arriving here. If the mk8 comes out in Europe in 2017 it will be 2019 here.

          MacProMan
          • 4 Months Ago
          @ChrisD

          I read that it came out in 2012, it seems awfully strange to just now bring the 7th generation here only to replace it with the 8th in a few years but hey, what do I know, I just watch the patterns and habits of manufacturers as I sell a different brand.  I still need to go drive the 7th gen.

      AMG4Life69
      • 4 Months Ago

      The Mk7 just came out, what the hell? And nobody cares about the Golf. Bring on the Scirocco.

      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago

      Hope it will be more reliable.

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