Latest prototype gives us a nice clear view of the new Golf, which one again adheres to its long-held love of slow, evolutionary change.
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The next Volkswagen Golf GTE is the latest variant in the next-generation Golf range to be spied undergoing testing.

We've been seeing prototypes of the eighth-generation Golf in various states of undress for quite a while now.

Although there have been more than a few sightings of the new Golf with almost no disguise, this vehicle has a silver body, rather than black, so it's easier to see some of the car's finer styling details.

To keep a few things a surprise for the official reveal, Volkswagen has applied of bit black tape around the headlights and windows, some extra strips of chrome and disguise around the lower air intake, fake prints for the tail-lights, stuck-on reflectors, and extra lashing of silver paint for the bumpers.

The current GTE has a total of 150kW of power and 350Nm of torque from its 1.4-litre turbo engine and electric motor. With a 8.8kWh battery pack, the GTE has a pure electric driving range of around 50km using the NEDC standard.

Since the Golf GTE's launch other Volkswagen models and brands have begun using more powerful plug-in hybrid drivetrains, and sporting more capacious battery packs to improve EV range. It's likely the new GTE will benefit from these improvements.

With the similarly-sized fully electric ID.3 now launched and about to head down the production line, Volkswagen will drop the e-Golf from the range, leaving the GTE as the most highly electrified model in the new car's range.

Australia

The eighth-generation Golf range is slated to arrive in Australia during the final quarter of 2020. Sadly, the GTE doesn't seem to be on the agenda, with the company's local arm opting to focus on the pure electric ID.3 instead.