Next-gen Volkswagen Golf will include innovative new mild-hybrid systems
Though not due until next year, Volkswagen has released the first hint of information behind the 8th generation of the Volkswagen Golf.
Talking at the International Vienna Motor Symposium, Volkswagen revealed it will combine the combustion engine with a 48-V belt-integrated starter generator and a 48-V battery, which represents the gateway to the future of Volkswagen hybrid models.
The current model Golf GTE
8-V technology represents a new chapter in engine design enabling drives to be electrified in a cost-efficient manner, and like other mild hybrids the 48-V makes it possible to coast with the combustion engine completely switched off thereby saving up to 0.3 litres of fuel over 100 kilometres.
Moreover, this mild-hybrid solution offers much improved dynamics and convenience as a result of providing an electric boost upon start-up.
The introduction of innovative, new hybrid systems in the next generation Golf is expected to mark a new era for the brand with regard to drive technology.
“We are starting this extensive electrification campaign with Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle to date – the Golf. Our newly developed, cost-effective 48-V mild hybrid will pave the way for introducing this type of technology to the mainstream,” commented Dr Frank Welsch, member of the board of management for Volkswagen Passenger Cars with responsibility for technical development.
2019 very much marks a fork in the road for the Volkswagen brand, with with the launch of the next generation of the Golf and the first all-electric I.D. – two compact Volkswagen vehicles with completely separate technical concepts as well as clearly different design and methods of power.
Meanwhile in there here and now, Volkswagen can’t keep up with demand for their current plug-in hybrid offerings with order books for both the Golf GTE and Passat GTE currently closed with no indication of when they’ll be available again.
Hopefully this isn’t something which will be repeated when the all-new Golf launches next year.