Volkswagen has been taking classes at the school of hard knocks this year due the TDI diesel scandal. Now the automaker is trying to bounce back. It recently unveiled the VW Atlas SUV. Now it’s giving the popular Golf an all-round makeover.
The new model will arrive in Europe first. This week VW began showing off the 2018 model there. It comes with a new line of engines, driver-assist tech, and revamped interior.
The Europe version shows a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It offers 148-horsepower with 184 pound-feet of torque. If green is more your thing, it offers a more efficient 128-horsepower version with BlueMotion.
U.S. engine details are still under wraps. But the upgrades on the GTI will likely show up stateside. The GTI gets a boost to 227-horsepower on the base model. Bumping up to the Performance trim gets you 242-horses.
The old six-speed transmission heads out. A new seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic will begin taking its place.
Inside upgrades standout with the new available infotainment system. The instrument cluster takes cues from the Audi TT Virtual Cockpit. VW dubs it Active Info Display for its brand. The top version uses a 9.2-inch glass screen for with gesture controls now, which means it responds like a tablet. The nav info displays in both 2D and 3D.
Tech updates include more driver assistance. 2018 adds Lane Assist and Traffic Jam Assist. Lane Assist works by offering lane guidance. Traffic Jam Assist offers help in avoiding playing bumper cars in nose-to-tail traffic.
The exterior remains mostly the same. Take out an advanced spot the differences to see the front and rear bumpers get some tweaking. The headlights and taillights are now offering full LED.
The new 2018 Golf will go on sale in Europe next Summer. It will arrive in the states soon after.