Mk8 Volkswagen Golf is the last petrol Golf, major 2024 update before going full electric

The Mk8 Volkswagen Golf will be the last generation of the Golf to be powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) before full electrification of the model. The Mk8 is set for a comprehensive update due in 2024, which could extend the generation’s life until 2040, as reported by Automotive News Europe.

In its next generation, the Volkswagen Golf will be a fully electric car. Before that, the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf will be given a major update in 2024, which Volkswagen CEO, Thomas Schäfer commented, “That puts it in a great position until the end of the decade. Then we will have to see how the segment develops. If the world develops completely differently than expected by 2026 or 2027, then we can also launch a completely new vehicle again. But I don’t expect that to happen. So far, that’s not planned.”

Previously, it was reported that the upcoming Volkswagen ID.2 could be the successor to the ‘Golf’ moniker. The ID.2 is due in showrooms in 2025, at a targeted base price of EUR22,500 (approx. RM105k) in today’s money.

With the ID.2 looking more identical to the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen assures that there will not be an electric Golf until there are really Golf genes in it — such as a flatter roof compared to the ID.3 full-electric compact hatchback. That will not be until 2028 at the earliest.

Volkswagen is also adamant about retaining its popular model names. Thomas Schäfer said, “It’s clear that we will not be giving up iconic names like Golf, Tiguan, and GTI, but will be transferring them to the electric world. But with the Golf in particular, it has to fit the genes. Just calling any vehicle that doesn’t work. We won’t make that mistake.”

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