2022 VW Golf GTI: New Hot Hatch Is Coming! But There's a Catch – Automoblog


The 2022 VW Golf GTI is a spicier version of a standard Golf hatchback. You can think of it as the Si model to the Honda Civic and you won’t be too far off. In fact, both vehicles have similar characteristics: a more powerful engine, sporty suspension, front-wheel drive, and hatchback body style. Granted the Civic Si is a great driver’s car, but it doesn’t have the lineage of the iconic Golf GTI – at least not yet.

2022 VW Golf GTI: Setting The Stage

The first Golf GTI appeared at the 1975 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). Since then, VW has sold more than 2.3 million units of the Golf GTI. According to Volkswagen, this new Mk8 (or eighth-generation) is the first Golf GTI of the digital age. Now, we don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing pending a proper test drive, but the Golf GTI has a new electronic architecture. Along with this comes a new generation of hardware, software, and a plethora of gizmos controlling the convenience, performance, and safety aspects of the vehicle.

The good news is the new Golf GTI is coming to America. The bad news is Volkswagen is still pondering on whether or not to bring in the standard Mk8 Golf, and that’s too bad. Also, the new Golf GTI will only be sold as a four-door version, which is not too big of a deal unless you’re really pining for a two-door hot hatch.

VW Golf GTI
VW Golf GTI. Photo: Volkswagen of America, Inc. 

Mk8 Golf GTI: Why Does It Look Familiar?

That’s because the Mk8 Golf GTI isn’t any bigger, longer, or wider than the outgoing Mk7 GTI. Volkswagen’s press release says the new GTI is lower, longer (by just a teeny bit), and even sportier (due to the racier roofline) than the outgoing model. Volkswagen has yet to release the actual numbers, but we’re pretty sure the Mk8 version is dimensionally similar to the Mk7 GTI.

What Else Is New With The 2022 VW Golf GTI?

We’re talking about a modern iteration of what is probably the most recognizable hot hatch on the planet. This probably explains why VW took a careful approach in redesigning a familiar shape. “Each member of our team is aware of the responsibility on their shoulders when developing a new Golf,” explained Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Group Design and the Volkswagen brand’s Design department. “Evolving an icon like this is an enormous challenge but also the most exciting thing that can happen to you as a designer.”

Take a closer look at those front fog lamps – there are ten of them, five on each side. The familiar red stripe in the radiator grille stretches across the entire front end and merges with the front fenders. You’ll find an LED strip in the headlights that mimic the red line on the grille. “The Golf GTI also requires an evolution or even a reinvention of the very specific cues of this sports car,” Bischoff continued. “And I think that we have done a particularly good job with the new Golf GTI.”


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