"The priority is Golf because in the next generation it will be our main core product; and that’s where the focus goes," he said. "Mild hybrid systems will play a major role in the next generation of Golf; that will be the first application."
Pictured: Volkswagen Golf 7.5 GTE
It's likely the Golf 8 will continue offering turbocharged small-displacement petrol and diesel engines, along with the current plug-in hybrid GTE variant. The e-Golf electric vehicle (EV), however, won't make it to the next generation due to the impending arrival of the I.D. family - Diess told Auto Express.
Other expected changes include a lighter version of the MQB platform, a redesigned exterior and interior, along with more use of digital technology for the cabin rather than physical dials and readouts.
Auto Express also says the next-gen model will wear 'Golf' lettering beneath the Volkswagen badge for the first time - much like the upcoming Arteon four-door coupe.