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Volkswagen debuts eighth-generation Golf

The GTI and Golf R may be the only variants heading to US showrooms.

Volkswagen has finally pulled the veil from the all-new Golf, taking the iconic nameplate into its eighth generation.

The redesigned hatchback launches a "hybrid offensive" with no less than five electrified powertrains, including a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and two plug-in hybrid configurations with up to 242 horsepower. The PHEVs integrate a 13-kWh battery that can cruise on electricity alone for up to 37 miles according to European test standards.
The exterior represents an evolution from the seventh-generation model, with a more aerodynamic form and new headlights. The Golf's footprint has also grown slightly in width and length.
More drastic changes may be noticed inside, where nearly all displays and controls are now digital. Buyers can also add a windshield head-up display, while Car2X technology comes standard.
Volkswagen has only confirmed US launch plans for the GTI and Golf R variants, both of which will arrive next year.

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