Volkswagen’s Next-Gen Golf: Going All-In on Electric

Whether you're a devoted petrolhead or not, you might find a tear welling up. Volkswagen is gearing up for the ninth generation of its iconic Golf, and it comes with a significant twist – this generation of the Golf will hit the market exclusively with electric powertrains. It's time to bid farewell to both gasoline and diesel options. Fortunately, enthusiasts still have some time to acquire one of the classic versions. The new Golf is expected to debut in 2028.

But don’t fret; the combustion-powered Golf will be with us for five more years!

The eighth generation of the Golf is due for one last update. This update is in preparation for the Euro 7 emissions standard, set to come into effect in 2025. The ninth-generation Golf will be built on the new Scalable Systems Platform (SSP), becoming the first model to adopt this chassis. The key advantage lies in its 800V architecture, enabling rapid charging with a power output exceeding the current group limit of 175 kW.

From the outset, this platform has been designed to offer advanced and sophisticated driving assistance systems. Volkswagen is striving for a level-four autonomous driving capability, capable of handling nearly the entire journey without driver intervention. The arrival of the electric Golf has also raised questions about the future of the ID.3 model, currently serving as an electric alternative for compact car enthusiasts.


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Will the Golf, even in its electric version, continue to bear the brand’s torch?

Volkswagen’s CEO, Thomas Schäffer, adds that the ID.3 is positioned more as a successor to the Golf Plus. This doesn’t necessarily spell the end for its production. However, there might be changes in the design and purpose of future versions of this small electric car to prevent unwanted competition with the Golf.

As for the visual concept of the new Golf, Volkswagen has yet to unveil it. At the recent IAA Mobility trade fair, Volkswagen did provide a glimpse of the ID.GTi electric concept car. It’s based on the forthcoming ID.2 model and could serve as an indication of what the new Golf might resemble. However, we’re still a long way from 2028. In the meantime, Volkswagen plans to introduce at least four more electric models.

Implications for the Electric Golf Market

The move towards an all-electric Golf signals a significant shift in Volkswagen’s strategy. With combustion engines phased out, the company is making a clear commitment to sustainable mobility. This change will inevitably impact the electric vehicle (EV) market. Volkswagen’s reputation for quality and innovation could attract more consumers to EVs. However, it also raises questions about the availability of electric charging infrastructure, as an influx of EVs could strain existing networks.

Volkswagen’s Electric Vehicle Expansion Strategy

Volkswagen’s electric ambitions extend beyond the Golf. By 2030, the company aims to have 70% of its European sales be electric vehicles. This strategy aligns with broader industry trends towards electric mobility. Volkswagen is investing heavily in EV technology, infrastructure, and production capabilities to make this vision a reality. With the Golf as a flagship electric model, Volkswagen aims to lead the charge towards a sustainable automotive future.

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