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This is the new Volkswagen Golf Mk8

By Alex Rae, 08 Aug 2019 News

2020 volkswagen golf spied

Hot GTI and Golf R expected to land in Australia next year

Here are the first images of the new Volkswagen Golf Mark 8 that briefly popped up on Instagram before being pulled down.

The images were taken on the streets around Getafe in Madrid, Spain, and posted by users @mr_utanda and @getafenses who spotted the familiar yellow metallic vehicle that was apparently on set filming for an ad.

2020 volkswagen golf spied

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Unlike previous spy pics, this appears to be the final production trim vehicle, and while the images aren’t very clear, it’s not hard to distinguish the most visible change around the face and rear. But really, it isn’t far removed from the seventh-generation Golf currently on sale here.

Up front, the headlights look sharper and the grille gets a few tweaks. Thankfully, VW hasn’t caved in to the big-grille craze, keeping the aesthetic familiar and sleek, taking cues from the upcoming ID.3. At the back, the tail-lights see the biggest change, with a new lower diffuser and rectangular exhaust tips underneath.

2020 volkswagen golf spied

The German maker was planning to unveil its new hatchback at the Frankfurt motor show next month but delays in production will likely see it revealed to the public in October.

Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTI and R arriving next year

As reported by Wheels earlier this year, local fans can look forward to the Golf arriving sometime in the third-quarter of 2020, and both the hot GTI and even hotter R are set to arrive before that year’s end.

“We’re still on track for early Q3 2020 at which time we’ll launch GTI together with the broader range with R to follow later in the year,” said a spokesperson at the time.

It is tipped to come loaded with all the company’s best tech, including new, larger digital screens and displays and an internet-connected software system for over-the-air updates.