The image, which shows a thorough rethink of VW's interior layout, reveals the Golf will adopt a large, dual-screen instrument and infotainment display panel stretched across the driver's eyeline. The rest of the cabin gets a more minimalist look as a result.
Previous reports from Automotive News Europe stated that the family hatchback's launch will be delayed until early 2020.
ANE quotes Volkswagen sales boss Jürgen Stackmann as saying: "We think it's better to come early next year with a full throttle offensive. It doesn't have anything to do with production. It's a sales decision since you don't try to put cars under the Christmas tree [ie put the car on sale in December] when no one is paying attention."
VW had originally planned to launch the new Golf at the Frankfurt motor show. Instead Stackmann says the ID EV will be launched in Frankfurt. Stackmann also denied German media reports that the delay was a result of technical issues with the car's digital dashboard and infotainment architecture.
A VW UK spokesman added that the delay was unlikely to impact UK deliveries significantly, as they were always scheduled for early 2020.
Surprisingly, the news comes not long after the new Golf was photographed undisguised during final testing.
The latest version of the Ford Focus rival has previously been spied without a camouflage livery, but the images – featuring several cars in a variety of colours – were the clearest yet. They showed how the eighth-generation version will maintain the familiar styling of the Golf, but that it will be sharpened and refined in line with the latest Volkswagen designs.