Volkswagen is gearing up to reveal the next chapter for its iconic hot hatch. The 2025 Golf and high-performance GTI variant were recently teased ahead of their world debut in the coming days. Judging by the sketches and camouflaged prototypes, it seems VW is playing it safe when it comes to this compact’s exterior styling.
Andreas Mindt, Head of VW’s Design division, took to social media to share sleek drawings of the new Golf sporting an evolutionary look. It refines the familiar hatchback profile we’ve grown to love over nearly 50 years, not reinvent it entirely. A Youtube video also provides the first official glimpse of the new GTI sporting a similar shape.
One thing is clear – this steadfast nameplate still has some life left despite the industry’s seismic shift towards electrification. VW confirmed the standard Golf will stick to tradition with an available manual gearbox option when order books open. However the performance GTI will forego the manual entirely in favor of a DSG automatic transmission only.
The AWD R variant is also expected to lose the clutch pedal. This will likely be the last refresh for the fan-favorite Golf family powered solely by internal combustion engines. VW has already outlined plans for the next generation to transition to a dedicated electric platform during the latter half of this decade.
It’s the end of an era, but the Golf still has some kick left for driving purists. While its affordable electric successors aim to dominate the future, this 2025 model keeps the compact performance dream alive a little while longer. Nostalgic enthusiasts and hot hatch fans await the final chapter for one of history’s greatest underdog cars.