The ninth-gen Volkswagen Golf is likely to be electric – debunking rumors of its demise – and coexisting alongside the ID.3, Volkswagen’s new CEO says.
That VW Golf will return to electric drive with the market launch of the next model generation towards the end of the decade, confirmed Volkswagen Car Boss Thomas Schäfer.
It debunks rumors that the long-running Golf – one of the best-selling cars in Europe and now in its eighth generation – could be scrapped by Volkswagen in favor of the company’s similarly designed ID.3 electric car.
Speaking at the 2022 Los Angeles Motor Show, Mr Schäfer said he sees scope for a future electric version of the Golf to coexist with the ID.3, although the existing models are very similar in size, positioning and pricing.
“The ID.3 was never a Golf successor, it’s more of a Golf Plus,” he said journey.
When asked whether, in his opinion, both models would have a place in the Volkswagen model range, Mr. Schäfer answered “yes”.
Mr Schäfer confirmed that Volkswagen is currently evaluating options for its existing petrol and diesel powered models, many of which have been around for decades and bear well identifiable names, as the company aims to go electric in select markets including Europe by 2033.
“We have iconic names like Golf and GTI. It would be crazy to let her die. We stick to the ID. Logic, but iconic models will have a name,” he said of Volkswagen’s plans.
The reference to the GTI name, which has been used for performance versions of the Golf since 1976, suggests that the iconic badge will be used for supercharged electric versions of future ones, instead of the GTX name that Volkswagen has used for sporty variants of the ID.4 Golf models could be used and electric vehicles ID.5.
Schäfer referred to the example of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz – the electric station wagon reboot – which already has a name instead of a number, saying, “We may have an ID. Golf, let’s see.”
“We will definitely not let go of the name Golf.”
Volkswagen started producing an electric version of the seventh generation Golf in 2014 (above). However, it was discontinued in 2020 when the ID.3 was launched in Europe.
Although not confirmed, a future electric version of the ninth-gen Golf would likely fall between VW’s upcoming budget small electric SUVs, the ID.2 and ID.2X, due in 2025, and the ID.3 and forthcoming ID.3X – a revised, high-riding, possibly all-wheel-drive version of today’s model, due for release in 2025.
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