The next-generation Volkswagen Golf has been hit with delays and software issues according to a recent report, but the company is committed to bringing the new hatch to market later this year.
Industry journal Automotive News Europe claims Volkswagen CEO, Herbert Diess, said in an internal meeting this week the company's management 'must ensure' the new Golf launches by the end of the year.
"Currently we are fighting hard with the ramp-up. We will meet our deadline and deliver the first vehicles at the end of this year," Diess said.
The publication adds internal sources from VW have indicated the German brand is rushing to meet the deadline, though there's no official word on whether the Mk8 Golf will be in European showrooms before 2020 following its debut around October.
Back in April, Volkswagen's brand sales chief, Jurgen Stackmann, said the new Golf was pencilled in for a late-February market launch in Europe, acknowledging that a December rollout runs the risk of the new small car going unnoticed as potential customers shop for Christmas gifts rather than cars.
One of the main barriers the company is facing with its new-generation small car is the sophisticated tech suite, which allows for over-the-air (OTA) updates.
This presents roadblocks in terms of cyber security and complex vehicle software – Automotive News Europe says the new car will have 100 million lines of code compared to just 10 million for a new car sold a decade ago.
It's reported a fully digital cockpit will be standard for all models, while Europe will get an array of different powertrains, including petrol, diesel, natural gas, 48V mild-hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions. The latter should get an EV range of up to 80km, up from the current Golf GTE's 50km, too.
Unlike the current generation Golf, however, there won't be an all-electric version despite the company's electrification strategy. VW's EV revolution will come in the form of its upcoming ID. family, which will kick off with the ID.3 hatchback when it debuts at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
As for Australia, we'll have to wait a little longer for the all-new Golf. Initially slated for a third-quarter launch in 2020, the company's local division has since revised that to late in 2020 following delays in the vehicle's development, with the core range and GTI hot hatch set to arrive at the same time.
Engines for our market will all be petrol, and it's unlikely we'll get any of the 48V MHEV versions as they'll likely only be available from the factory with petrol particulate filters – which aren't compatible with our sulphur-rich fuel.
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