The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf has been snapped once again by photographers, this time during cold weather testing on the snowy roads of Europe.
Compared to the basically undisguised vehicle spied recently, this prototype is wearing a full body wrap, though the overall silhouette and lighting units are visible.
As previously noted, the Golf Mk8 will appear lower and wider than the current model, looking very much like an enlarged version of the latest Polo.
The headlights are slimmer than before, and are more integrated with the front grille as per the company's latest model range. Out back there's new, slimmer LED tail-lights with a new signature.
While there are obvious differences, the new Golf will be an evolution, not revolution, as is Volkswagen's general method with its popular hatchback.
Under the skin is where the majority of changes will be made. A revised version of the ubiquitous MQB platform will serve as the foundation, which should be lighter than the current iteration.
Volkswagen has already confirmed most of the core range will draw upon 48V mild-hybrid technology to further improve the efficiency of combustion-powered models, while the GTI and R performance models along with GTE plug-in hybrid should return.
The all-electric e-Golf won't make it to the new generation family due to the introduction of Volkswagen's new I.D. EV family, and it's believed the three-door version offered overseas will also be dropped, leaving the five-door hatch and wagon body styles.
As for timing, the new Golf is expected to surface in the coming months. Production is scheduled to commence around mid-year, so we'd wager the production model will be revealed before June.
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