The next-generation Volkswagen Golf is set to move away from petrol and diesel power as early as 2028, and continue the nameplate with battery power – assuming no U-turn in the global roll-out of battery vehicles.

In November 2022Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schäfer confirmed the Golf nameplate would live on in the electric era – and would not be replaced by the similarly-sized ID.3 launched in 2020.

The executive has now reiterated to German publication Automobilwoche there are no current plans for an all-new Golf with petrol and diesel power – and that the next generation of the nameplate would offer electric power only.

The current eighth-generation Golf is due to receive an update next year with a revised look and new technology – which will be designed to keep it fresh until the electric ‘Golf 9’ arrives, which Mr Schäfer indicated would not be until 2028.