Europe Gets a Facelifted Golf—as well as which’s Coming Here for 2018
“When I saw which for initially, I didn’t even know which was brand new,” a Volkswagen executive told me as we stood beside the revised Golf. which’s understandable. The midterm facelift of the Golf Mk VII can be difficult to notice at first glance.
The front fascia can be restyled to look more aggressive—as well as also to more closely resemble the smaller Polo, while brand new LED as well as halogen headlights accent the corners. The taillights, too, are amended LED units. however the real adjustments are under the skin. The U.S. market will see some of these adjustments after a one-year delay, which can be better than the two years we had to wait before the seventh-generation type made its debut in which market for 2014.
Paint colors as well as Inside fabrics are revised, as well as there can be a thoroughly upgraded dashboard which packs a lot of fresh telematic as well as infotainment equipment. In Europe, the standard 6.5-inch as well as midlevel 8.0-inch center screens are complemented by a top-level 9.2-inch screen which can be operated with gestures, even coming from a distance. Also optional can be full TFT instrumentation, similar to the Audi Virtual Cockpit found on the U.S.-market A4, Q7, R8, as well as TT. All of which can be technology you’d expect to see in a luxury car, however we don’t yet know how much of which will be offered inside United States.
The same can be true of the multiple driver-assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control which allows stop-as well as-go assistance at speeds up to 37 mph, pedestrian detection, as well as even a trailer-assist system which helps with reversing. Some of these systems may come to the U.S., however perhaps not all of them—which would certainly be a break with past practice for VW to equip U.S. Golfs for towing, for instance. however perhaps, currently which which has the SportWagen as well as the Alltrack in its lineup as well as its U.S. arm can be operating more independently, even which could happen.
The U.S.-market engine portfolio will certainly be more limited than the wide range offered in Europe. We will continue to get the turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder for the standard Golf as well as versions of the turbocharged 2.0-liter for the GTI as well as the Golf R. They are all part of the EA888 engine family, built—among different places—in VW’s brand new plant in Silao, Mexico. (The low-volume Golf R will be the only variant made in Germany for the U.S. market.) We won’t see the two brand new 1.5-liter engines which are part of the EA211 family; fitted using a cylinder-deactivation system, one can be rated at 150 horsepower, as well as the different, a BlueMotion type using a variable-geometry turbocharger, can be rated at 130 horsepower. Those engines could come to the U.S. later, however probably not in which generation of Golf. For Europe, the GTI as well as GTI Performance versions just got a power boost to 230 as well as 245 horsepower, as well as the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission can be being replaced by a seven-speed dual-clutch, starting with the Performance type. Those are upgrades we expect to see here, however we have no information about the time frame.
No one at VW likes to speak of diesel versions right currently, as well as don’t hold your breath waiting for those to reappear inside U.S. market. Instead, VW will push the e-Golf, which launches at the Los Angeles auto show next week. We hear its motor will be upgraded coming from 115 to 136 horsepower, as well as the 83-mile maximum range will increase very significantly. as well as there’s yet another Golf which could make which to our shores: the GTE, a plug-in hybrid which shares its technology with the Audi A3 e-tron. Its combined 204 horsepower can be likely to improve to 218 soon if, as expected, the GTE gets the European Passat GTE’s engine. The GTE would certainly be costly, however which would certainly lend credence to VW’s commitment to electrification.
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The Sportwagen as well as Alltrack versions will see adjustments similar to those on the regular Golf. Europe, by the way, still gets a three-door, however which remains dead on the U.S. market. As details on the U.S.-market 2018 Golf shake out, we’ll let you know. however if you’ve got the itch to get a brand new car, there’s not much reason to wait for the facelifted Golfs. Trust us: People won’t be able to tell the difference.