This is it folks! After a lengthy countdown, the all-new Volkswagen Golf finally made its global debut today in Wolfsburg, Germany. This will be followed by the world premiere of the zero-emission version—the new e-Golf—with significantly increased range at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.
This marks the start of a major product offensive that will see Volkswagen launch more than ten new models and key updates in 2017. By 2020, the entire lineup will be new.
Aesthetically, modifications to the Volkswagen Golf include new bumpers, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, available new full LED headlights to replace the xenon headlights, new front fenders, new full LED taillights fitted as standard on every version, as well as new alloy wheels.
As a world first in the compact class, the top-of-the-range Discover Pro infotainment system can now be operated by gesture control. With its segment-leading 9.2” touchscreen, it forms a conceptual and visual entity with the equally new Active Info Display, similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. This fully digital 12.3” instrument cluster offers numerous interactive functions and 2D/3D display capability.
The next-generation Volkswagen Golf also promised to be safer than ever and it looks like it with new, advanced technologies including Front Assist with new Pedestrian Monitoring, the new Traffic Jam Assist function, and Emergency Assist. A further step toward automated driving, this car can take control at speeds of up to 60 km/h in stop-and-go traffic, steering, braking, and accelerating all by itself.
As for powertrains, the TSI family has been expanded and made more efficient. North American specs have yet to be confirmed, however, so we’ll hold off on engine details for now. One thing’s for sure: A new 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch transmission) will gradually replace all 6-speed DSG units in the Golf.
Take a look at these few pictures and especially the video at the end: