The next-generation Volkswagen Golf will arrive in Canada in late 2021, VW Canada has confirmed.
It will be sold as a 2022 model-year vehicle, as first reported by The Car Guide.
The eighth-generation Golf has a long nose, narrow headlight design and prominent shoulder sections. LED technology replaces conventional lighting technology in all versions.
“We will get the MKVIII Golf R likely in calendar year 2021,” VW Canada spokesman Thomas Tetzlaff said.
VW Canada recently convinced the German automaker to continue offering the base-model Golf in the country after the redesign, despite plans to cut base versions in the United States.
VW Canada says it sold 6,201 base Golfs in the first half of 2019, accounting for about 71 per cent of all Golf sales.
Until the new version arrives, VW will offer the base Golf, the GTI and the electric e-Golf.
Canadian dealers also will continue to sell the outgoing model and the Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack through 2020. VW Canada previously said it will stockpile about one year’s worth of the two popular wagons.
The two vehicles remain viable for VW Canada during a down market for cars. The company sold about 2,400 Golf wagons in the first half of the year.
“We built lots of “extra” cars in the hopes of having inventory throughout 2020, but they are selling a bit faster than we thought they would,” Tetzlaff said. “We don’t yet know what will happen with the SportWagen/Alltrack [in the long term].”