Following the release of the eighth generation Golf last year, Volkswagen has revealed the first image of the next GTI.

Arguably the most famous hot hatchback, the Golf GTI has been a part of the model’s line-up since 1975 and this will be the most advanced version to date.

Set the be fully unveiled at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, which is open to the public from March 5 to 15, the GTI will be revealed alongside its diesel-powered GTD sibling.

The preview image only shows the lower part of the front-end with a light bar only disturbed by the VW badge and two sets of hexagonal fog lights.

The lower grille is also wider than before, hinting at a much sportier look compared to the standard Mk8 Golf.

Volkswagen has also said the performance of this GTI’s engine will ‘exceed expectations’, with a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit likely to be the power unit of choice.

Confirmed features include adaptive chassis control and chequered sports seats, but equipment unique to previous GTIs like a golf ball-like gear knob and the signature red stripe on the grille will also be fitted.

As the most advanced Golf yet, this GTI will be the first to come with vehicle-to-vehicle communication and travel assist that can be used up to 130mph. This is a system that combines lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.