First Look: 2018 Golf and GTI models

One of the most essential models in the European car market is the Volkswagen Golf. It’s the bread and butter of what a European car is. Volkswagen announced the new 2018 European spec Golf and GTI. Also presented is the Golf Sportswagen.

The 2018 model will be a facelift of the MK7. Slight changes to the front end and rear end are visible, but most significant is the interior additions. Most notible is the optional Active Info Display which incorporates a 12.3″ display into the dash cluster. This is similiar to the Audi Virtual Cockpit. Also the enlarged Discover Pro infotainment center which has been increased to a 9.2″ display. Even the entry level 6.5″ screen features the new MIB III system. Additionally there is a new LED headlight system to replace the HID headlights. Out back there is LED taillights available.

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The powerplants have also been changed. The Golf will feature a 1.5 liter turbo four putting out 148 hp and 184 lb-ft. That should be plenty for European market, but we will see if the 1.8 turbo option in the states will be retained. The GTI powerplant has increased to 226 hp with optional Performance package with 242 hp.

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The Golf R should return with increased performance. A new seven-speed DSG transmission will replace the six-speed. Of course the powerplant for the new GTE & eGolf are still in question with rumors of new range between 200-300 miles per charge.

We are excited to see the new MK7.5 Golf & GTI stateside and hopefully the motor options are improved.

 

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