Totally camouflage-free vehicle gives us our best look at the eighth-generation hatch ahead of its debut at the end of the month.
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We've seen minimally-disguised prototypes, official prototype images and sketches aplenty, but these latest photos show the front and interior of the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf in all its undisguised glory.

These images were posted overnight by Som fanúšik Volkswagenov, a Slovakian Facebook fan group, but it's not clear how the group got hold of these photos.

Judging by the wheel and tyre combination, this car looks to be an entry-level or near-entry-level model. The slimmer, rounder headlights, and the body colour strakes along the lower air intake give the new Golf a softer look.

While the exterior is decidedly evolutionary, the interior has taken a bigger leap forward with the multi-tier dashboard a clear departure from the past few generations.

Even on this low-spec model, there's a wide curved display area, which houses both the instruments ahead of the driver and a touchscreen infotainment system in the centre.

The new Golf will be available as both a five-door hatch and wagon. It will be powered by a selection of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, many rumoured to feature a 48V mild hybrid system.

More power is expected for the hot GTI and plug-in hybrid GTE models, although the GTE is unlikely to find its way Down Under. The e-Golf will not will survive the transition, its place in company's range will be taken by the ID.3, which rides on a dedicated EV platform.

Australia

We won't have long to wait until we see the new Golf in full, and find out about its new technology features and upgraded drivetrains, as the car will be launched on October 24, European time.

Sales across Europe begin from December this year, but the Australian launch of the Mark VIII won't take place until the final quarter of 2020.