After making its regional debut in Singapore, it looks like we will soon be able to savour the latest eight-generation (Mk. 8) Volkswagen Golf as Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has quietly inserted a page for registration of interest in their website.
On the website, two variants are teased – the revered Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Golf TSI R-Line, which is a mirror of the line-up in Singapore. No mention of features of specifications on the Malaysian units, but highly likely it will also follow suite of what is offered in Singapore.
The Mk.8 Volkswagen Golf GTI features the familiar 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that is upgraded, now producing 245 hp at 5,000 rpm to redline and 370 Nm of torque from just 1,600 rpm and paired with the ever rapid-shifting DSG transmission with seven ratios driving just the front wheels. 0 to 100 km/h is dispatched in just 6.4 seconds.
Volkswagen says this latest GTI is also the most digital variant of all time, with the fully computer-controlled chassis handled by the new Vehicle Dynamics Manager. It integrates the ESC, with the new electronic differential locks (XDS and VAQ) and the continuously adaptive electronic damping control system (DCC).
A new digital environment has been created for the Mk.8 Volkswagen Golf, featuring a 10.25-inch Digital cockpit and a big 10-inch infotainment screen. All the driving and vehicle settings is accessed via the central touchscreen. Other novelties in the interior include a 30-colour ambient lighting, three-zone air-conditioning and a sporty interior theme.
The Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI R-Line meanwhile features an all-new 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with outputs of 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque. In major markets, the powertrain is fitted with a mild-hybrid assist system (eTSI) to return self-charging hybrid-like fuel consumption of just 4.8 litres per 100 km travelled.
Making its European debut in late 2019, the Volkswagen Golf continued its strong foothold by ending 2020 as the region’s bestseller. It has been rumoured that VPCM has plans to locally-assemble the Mk.8 Volkswagen Golf at their facility in Pekan, Pahang, where it currently churns out the Tiguan Allspace, the Passat and the latest Arteon R-Line 4Motion.