New Volkswagen Golf GTE 2020: Mk8 model pictured undisguised

All-new Volkswagen Golf GTE on the way, while range will also incorporate mild-hybrid models

Volkswagen Golf

The original Volkswagen Golf GTE has been discontinued, but the plug-in hybrid hatchback will return as part of the new Mk8 Golf range. Our photos show examples of the Mk8 that have been seen testing completely undisguised, in advance of the car's launch at the end of this year.

The new GTE will be the most efficient Golf in the range when it goes on sale in early 2020, as there won’t be a successor to the all-electric e-Golf. That will effectively be replaced by the Volkswagen I.D. hatchback, which will spearhead a full range of I.D. electric cars.

Although Volkswagen is pouring huge resources into its electric-car project, it still expects the Golf to be its core product for some years to come. The Mk8 model will be based on the same mechanical underpinnings as the current 'Mk7.5' car, but will shed 70kg of weight.

In addition to the plug-in hybrid GTE model, the Mk8 Golf range will boast extensive electrification, with many of the other engines in the range getting mild hybrid technology. This is a 48V electrical system that allows the engine to turn off at any speed when not under load, thereby saving fuel and reducing the car’s CO2 emissions.

These spy pictures indicate that the new Golf will be longer than its predecessor, and at the front it shares some styling cues with the most recent Volkswagen Polo. Inside, the new Golf will feature extensive connectivity and autonomous-driving technology, with the entire dashboard and instrument panel expected to be digital across the entire range.

Karlheinz Hell, Volkswagen’s small-car boss, had said: "The next Golf will take Volkswagen into the era of fully connected vehicles with extended autonomous driving functions. It will have more software on board than ever before. It will always be online and its digital cockpit and assistance systems will be the benchmark in terms of connectivity and safety."

Volkswagen has already revealed a second-generation Passat GTE and at the recent Geneva Motor Show confirmed that the next generation of its up! city car would be electric-only.

The new Golf is set to go into production in June, however it's not yet known if the new Golf GTE will arrive straight away, or follow some months after the introduction of petrol and diesel-engined variants.

Originally set to be unveiled at September's Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Golf will now get its debut a few weeks later, with sales commencing in early 2020.