By now we already know very well what the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf will look like, thanks to the discovery of tracks from almost completely undisturbed test mules earlier in the year. But it's almost completely undistinguished as not completely undisciplined, and during a commercial shoot for the new family opening, one misguided sniper managed to take a few photos of the real McCoy.
Those photos were reportedly posted by Instagram user @_adrianmay and have been down since then – but not before Cars managed to get them through a reader. As you can see, the images shed some light on the details of the development prototypes, especially the lights.
On the front, you can now clearly see the "tails" stretching from the thin headlights, almost reaching the wheel arches. The wider air intakes on this particular unit also sport what look like three body-colored bumps, though the low resolution of these images means it's not absolute certainty. Since the arrangement looks a bit different to the one in the spyshots, we can assume this car carries an R-Line kit.
Moving to the rear of the car, large stickers covering the tail lights were removed, revealing a pair of thin L-shaped lamps extending through the tail gate. The spotlights are also set higher than they appeared on the video, and large diffuser inserts, chrome and fake double rack tubing lend credence to the fact that this can very well be an R-Line model.
Previous spammers have also shown the Golf interior, featuring details such as an open-air vents design and an upright display panel that integrates both infotainment instruments and touchscreens – in a similar way as Mercedes-Benz widescreen cockpit.
Under the skin, the new Golf is set to ride on the updated MQB platform and reportedly weighs up to 50kg less. It will get a 48-volt mild hybrid system with both the standard 1.5 TSI model and the GTI – the hot hatch should also get an electric drive to boost the turbocharger to 290 hp, even from the hardcore limited edition Golf GTI Clubsport.
Meanwhile, the EA288 Evo 2.0-liter TDI diesel will get a 12-volt version of the mild hybrid system and will be offered in outputs from 136 hp to 204 hp. Elsewhere, the current 1.6-liter unit is expected to be replaced by a new 1.5-liter unit, while the 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine introduced on the Mk7 torch is also likely to work on military vehicles.
Lastly, the hybrid model GTE with the add-on is likely to get significant improvements that will increase its electric range just over 50km. The October window will introduce the introduction of the Mk8 Golf just after the new ID.3 electric hatch, which was due to debut at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show.
GALLERY: Mk8 Volkswagen Golf spyshots