New Vol­swav­gen Golf re­vealed

The Tribune (NZ) - - MOTORING - GREG KABLE

Volk­swa­gen has un­veiled the facelifted Golf, re­veal­ing its sub­tle styling changes, up-graded in­te­rior ap­point­ments and newly de­vel­oped tur­bocharged 1.5-litre four-cylin­der di­rect in­jec­tion petrol en­gine ahead of a planned in­tro­duc­tion in three- and five­door hatch­back and wagon bodystyles.

Pre­dictably sub­tle, the mid-life changes brought to Volk­swa­gen’s best seller are de­signed to im­prove the over­all com­pet­i­tive­ness of the seventh-gen­er­a­tion Golf against a raft of ri­vals un­til the planned ar­rival of more heav­ily al­tered eighth-gen­er­a­tion model in 2019.

Vis­ually, the new Golf departs lit­tle from to­day’s four-year-old model, with only mi­nor changes to its ex­te­rior.

Up front, there is a lightly re­pro­filed bumper with al­tered grille and air duct styling, re­vised head­lamps with al­tered graph­ics, LED day­time run­ning lights and a new full LED main beam func­tion in place of the ear­lier Xenon op­er­ated units, and lightly restyled front wings. The rear re­ceives full LED tail lamps and a newly de­signed bumper fea­tur­ing in­te­gral tail pipes on the pop­u­lar R-line styling pack­age.

Fur­ther changes to the ap­pear­ance of Europe’s best sell­ing car in­clude a new range of wheel de­signs and ex­te­rior colours.

The main fo­cus of the changes made to the seventh-gen­er­a­tion Golf is re­served for the in­te­rior. New to the facelifted model are re­vised trims for the doors, dash­board and cen­tre con­sole.

In line with other re­cent new Volk­swa­gen mod­els, it also re­ceives a new op­tional Ac­tive Info Dis­play. The 12.3-inch high def­i­ni­tion mon­i­tor can be or­dered in place of the stan­dard ana­logue in­stru­ment pack with a res­o­lu­tion of 1440 x 540 pix­els.

The Ac­tive Info Dis­play sup­ports five dif­fer­ent in­for­ma­tion pro­files: clas­sic, con­sump­tion and range, ef­fi­ciency, per­for­mance and driver as­sis­tance and nav­i­ga­tion. De­pend­ing on the model, the dig­i­tal in­stru­ment graph­ics are cus­tomised, with the GTi re­ceiv­ing a pre­dom­i­nantly red theme and the GTE us­ing a mainly blue hue.

More sig­nif­i­cant are the up­dates brought to the var­i­ous in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems of­fered on the new Golf. The facelifted 2017 model re­ceives five op­tional touch based sys­tems, all of which now sup­port larger screens and al­tered op­er­at­ing sys­tem that, on the topof-the-line Dis­cover Pro unit, sup­ports ges­ture con­trol.

The ear­lier 5.0-inch mon­i­tors of the Com­po­si­tion Touch and Com­po­si­tion Colour sys­tems are re­placed by 6.5 inch units run­ning at 800 x 480 pix­els. The 6.5 inch screens of the Com­po­si­tion Me­dia and Dis­cover Me­dia have made way for larger 8.0 inch mon­i­tors with a res­o­lu­tion of 800 x 480 pix­els. The top of the line Dis­cover Pro’s pre­vi­ous 8.0 inch dis­play is su­per­seded by a 9.2-inch screen fea­tur­ing touch, voice com­mand and ges­ture con­trol oper­a­tion.

To­gether with the new op­tional in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems, the facelifted Golf also re­ceives the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Volk­swa­gen’s on-line ser­vices, in­clud­ing an up­dated App Con­nect fea­ture that al­lows it to in­te­grate with the lat­est ver­sions of Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto and Mir­rorLink.

Volk­swa­gen’s best sell­ing model also adopts a num­ber of new or up­dated driver as­sis­tant sys­tems. In­cluded is Traf­fic Jam As­sist, which au­to­mat­i­cally ap­plies the brakes to ease driv­ing in stop/go traf­fic at speeds up to 60km/h; Emer­gency As­sist, which sounds a warn­ing and sub­se­quently ini­ti­ates an emer­gency stop when it de­tects the driver is in­ca­pac­i­tated; Lane As­sist plus ACC for ac­tive lane keep­ing with coun­ter­steer abil­ity; an up­dated City Emer­gency Brak­ing sys­tem that brings pedes­trian de­tec­tion to the ex­ist­ing Front As­sist func­tion that em­ploy­ees au­ton­o­mous brak­ing for col­li­sion avoid­ance; and Park As­sist 3.0 that pro­vides semi­au­tonomous park­ing in both par­al­lel and per­pen­dic­u­lar spa­ces.

Volk­swa­gen has con­firmed the in­tro­duc­tion of an ad­vanced new tur­bocharged 1.5-litre petrol en­gine, al­though it is yet to of­fi­cially re­veal the full line-up of en­gines planned for the new Golf in ei­ther Europe or Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

The new 1.5-litre four-cylin­der en­gine, which will power a pair of new 1.5 TSI EVO mod­els, is a de­vel­op­ment of the ex­ist­ing EA211 en­gine. It draws on a num­ber en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions al­ready brought to sis­ter com­pany Audi’s new tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four­cylin­der, in­clud­ing a new com­bus­tion process based around the Miller cy­cle prin­ci­ple, a tur­bocharger with vari­able tur­bine ge­om­e­try and Ac­tive Cylin­der Man­age­ment that idles the two mid­dle cylin­ders on light throt­tle loads for added fuel sav­ings around town.

In its most pow­er­ful guise as fit­ted to the Golf 1.5 TSI Evo, the new 1.5-litre de­liv­ers 110kW and 250Nm of torque at 1500rpm, giv­ing it the same out­put as the 1.4-litre en­gine it re­places. No per­for­mance claims have been re­vealed as yet, though Volk­swa­gen quotes com­bined cy­cle fuel con­sump­tion and an aver­age CO2 rat­ing of 4.9L/100km and 110g/km re­spec­tively, bet­ter­ing it pre­de­ces­sor by 0.3L/100km and 9g/km.

An even more eco­nom­i­cal ver­sion of the new 1.5-litre four­cylin­der pow­ers a new Golf 1.5 TSI Evo BlueMo­tion model. Tuned to de­liver 96kW and 200Nm at 1400rpm, it re­ceives a coast­ing func­tion that shuts down the en­gine on ex­tended pe­ri­ods of trail­ing throt­tle, pro­vid­ing claimed com­bined cy­cle con­sump­tion of 4.6L/100km and aver­age CO2 emis­sions of 104g/km on the Euro­pean test cy­cle.

By com­par­i­son, the lower pow­ered ver­sion of the ear­lier 1.4-litre en­gine de­liv­ered 92kW and a sim­i­lar 200Nm for re­spec­tive fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sion fig­ures of 5.2L/100km and 120g/km.

Among fu­ture de­vel­op­ments be­ing pur­sued by Volk­swa­gen for its lat­est petrol en­gine is a par­tic­u­late fil­ter, which is claimed to fur­ther re­duce its emis­sions.

Fur­ther up the line-up, the Golf GTi’s ex­ist­ing tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine has been re­tuned, giv­ing it an added 7kW in both mod­els. In the stan­dard GTi the EA888 des­ig­nated unit now de­liv­ers 169kW, while the GTi Per­for­mance now packs 180kW.

The facelifted Golf GTE re­tains the same driv­e­line as to­day’s model, with a 110kW tur­bocharged 1.4-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine and 75kW elec­tric mo­tor. To­gether the two power units pro­vide a com­bined sys­tem out­put of 150kW and 350Nm of torque.

At next week’s Los An­ge­les mo­tor show, Volk­swa­gen will un­veil the new-for-2017 eGolf. Al­ready pre­viewed at the re­cent Paris mo­tor show, it adopts a 38.5kWh lithium ion bat­tery in place of to­day’s 24.2kWh unit in a move claimed to boost its range beyond 300km

Volk­swa­gen is re­main­ing tightlipped on the changes brought to the range top­ping Golf R, al­though Wolfs­burg of­fi­cials sug­gest its tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine will re­ceive an added 14kW.

While Volk­swa­gen has con­firmed its en­gi­neers are de­vel­op­ing a new tur­bocharged 1.5-litre four-cylin­der com­mon rail diesel en­gine to re­place the ex­ist­ing 1.6-litre unit, no men­tion of it is made in the of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion per­tain­ing to the facelifted model. Also ex­pected to be brought over is the tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four­cylin­der diesel in suc­ces­sor mod­els to to­day’s 2.0 TDI and GTD.

The new Volk­swa­gen Golf fam­ily.

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