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Insiders say this new electric vehicle has a range of 249 miles; it also demonstrates new robotic charging technology

Photographs revealing a new electric Volkswagen research vehicle have emerged.

The contemporarily styled hatchback, called the Gen.E, was photographed as part of a display showcasing the robotic charging station technology that Volkswagen is touting for future use as part of a broad-based mobility concept for electric vehicles.

Although Volkswagen is yet to officially comment on the Gen.E, insiders suggest its contemporary styling provides the first clues to the look of the upcoming eighth-generation Golf, which is due in 2020.


With an aerodynamically optimised body, the Gen.E is claimed to have an overall range of up 249 miles – bettering the range of the recently facelifted e-Golf by 63 miles.

Key styling cues include a simple full-width grille, angular headlights with distinctive day time running lights, a steeply rising bonnet line, a heavily raked windscreen, long doors with flush handles, small exterior mirror housings that appear to use video cameras, and complex C-pillars with vertical vanes to smooth airflow around the rear.

Reports suggest the Gen.E is based on a new lightweight platform structure optimised for maximum crash safety.


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Bob Cholmondeley 4 July 2017

"Volkswagen Gen.E shows design direction of 2020 Golf"

If the 2020 Golf looks anywhere near as different to the Mk7 as the car in the picture, I will eat my hat and my coat and my shoes.
Andy_Cowe 4 July 2017

Door handles

I like the door handles. Aerodynamically and aesthetically minimal. Sort of reminds me of the door handles on my first car, a mark 1 Renault 5 3-door.
pauld101 4 July 2017

At least....

At least Volkswagen only produces guff these days, rather than illegal levels of toxic emissions. But it's just more cheap column inches about tomorrow, while they carry on knocking out bland wooden diesel golfs. Blah blah blah blah blah....