The ninth generation Volkswagen Golf will be a reality  

It will coexist with the ID.3

The prices of combustion engine models are skyrocketing due to increasingly strict environmental standards. Their prices are likely to be on a par with those of electric vehicles in the coming years before they are banned from dealerships by 2035. This raises the question of whether historic models such as the Volkswagen Golf will still be able to legitimately exist as electrified alternatives become more and more competitive.

Thomas Schäfer, the CEO of the German brand, formally answered this question at the Los Angeles Auto Show: the Golf will remain alongside the ID.3. A ninth generation of the iconic compact car is therefore on the way. According to him, the Golf is a symbol and it would be a mistake to abandon such a unique name in the automotive landscape. On the other hand, abandoning the Golf would mean putting aside other familiar titles like GTI.

Contrary to what many people think, the ID.3 is not the successor to the Golf or even the electric version of the Golf. According to Schäfer, it is a separate model with different features for different customers. The ID.3 is more cheerful and family-oriented than the Golf, which is more serious. This can also be seen on board where the ID.3 has a more simplistic and less qualitative presentation than its thermal cousin.

There is no precise information about the Golf 9 yet. However, a remarkable and surprising fact is that the ninth generation will be available both as hybrid and electric, as was the case with the Golf 7. It should be remembered that the current Golf does not offer a 100% electric version. It is therefore possible that the second-generation ID.3 will undergo major changes to distinguish itself more from the next Golf.

For the time being, the Golf 8 will soon undergo a facelift. The car will gain a revised front end and new taillights. On board, a huge touchscreen will replace the two screens placed in a row. New customisation options will be available, while the mechanical range will be slightly revised. The Golf 8 will definitely be replaced in 2028 or 2029.

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