The next-generation VW hatch will feature evolutionary styling, online connectivity and over-the-air software updates.
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Volkswagen has announced the eight-generation Golf will be "celebrating its world premiere in autumn 2019".

It's unclear if the automaker's linchpin will make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show, which kicks off in the middle of September.

With the all-electric ID.3 due to make its production debut at the show and usher the company into the electric age, it's possible Volkswagen will launch the Golf at a standalone event away closer to winter in order to give the electric hatch a bit of breathing space.

To coincide with this latest announcement the company released an image of a camouflaged Golf prototype as Volkswagen doesn't want to reveal the "finer details of the new design" even though our spy photography agency spotted a virtually undisguised car in June.

Klaus Bischoff, head of Volkswagen's design department, says the new Golf has "elegant proportions” and promises it will be a "genuine eye-catcher".

The automaker says the new Golf will be "digital, intelligent and connected".

In April, Jürgen Stackmann, head of sales and marketing for the Volkswagen brand, admitted development of the eighth-generation model was hindered due to bugs related to the new over-the-air update system.

Spy photos in May revealed some of the car's cabin design, which incorporates a fully digital instrumentation screen and a tablet-style infotainment display mounted high on the dashboard.

Australia

In May we estimated the new Golf will arrive in Australia showrooms late in the fourth quarter of 2020.