The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf, set to make its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, will pioneer the implementation of the German company's upcoming 48V mild hybrid system - according to a new report out of Europe.
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The UK's Auto Express spoke with Volkswagen's boss, Herbert Diess, who said that while the company is focusing heavily on electric power, the Golf will remain the core focus for the brand.

"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.

In terms of the performance range, the GTI and R will get power boosts, though exact details of their powertrains are yet to be detailed.