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Facelifted VW Golf makes debut


Expected to arrive in South Africa early next year, Volkswagen unveiled the facelifted version of the Mark 7 Golf in Germany on Thursday, with new levels of tech and reworked engines being the big highlights.

Featuring the latest version of the Volkswagen Automotive Group's design language, exterior changes are subtle and consist of redesigned front and rear bumpers, new LED headlights and full LED's at the rear, reshaped cooling vents and new front wings.

More substantial differences are to the found inside though with the option of Volkswagen's 12.3-inch Active Info Display instrument cluster, Gesture Control, five-inch Composition, 6.5-inch Composition Colour or 9.2-inch Discover Pro touchscreen infotainment system with the standard sat-nav on the latter, Voice Control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual USB ports, configurable home screen and internet access.

Safety has also been extensively updated with the Golf now featuring Automatic Distance Control, semi-autonomous Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist, autonomous Braking Assist, City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, semi-automated parking, Trailer Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Proactive Passenger Safety, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Driver Alert System.

Although engines are yet to be finalised, the biggest change sees the addition of a brand new 1.5 TSI engine dubbed Evo, which uses Active Cylinder Management to shut off two of the available four cylinders for maximum efficiency.

Power is rated at 110 kW and 250 N.m of torque with BlueMotion versions producing 96 kW and 200 N.m while consuming fuel at a claimed 4.6 L/100 km. GTI models will stick with the tried-and-trusted 2.0 TSI but with a bump in power from 162 kW to 169 kW, while the GTI Performance receives a 11 kW increase for a total of 180 kW.

As well as the standard six-speed manual, a seven-speed DSG will slowly replace the old six-speed as the sole automatic option.

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