2018 Golf: Another round, another update, in New York

  • Now with LED tail and daytime running lights
  • 20cm infotainment screens on SE and SEL range
  • ‘Digital Cockpit’ comes with performance Golf R
VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Image: VW US / NewspressUSA
VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Image: VW US / NewspressUSA

NEW YORK – Volkswagen’s Golf family is showing new styling, technology and driver assistance updates at the 2017 New York auto show that will be ready for showrooms towards the end of 2017.

“The updated exterior,” VW says, “has sharper lines, new bumpers, a new chromed grille, diode tail lights and front daytime lights; diode headlights will be an option to replace bi-xenon units.

VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Image: VW US / NewspressUSA
VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Image: VW US / NewspressUSA

“Wheel-rim designs and body colours are also being changed and the cabins will have new trim panels and materials.”

Infotainment systems will in 2018 have larger and crisper touchscreens. Standard 16.5cm displays replace the 13cm units while upper SE and SEL units will have 20cm screen.

CRASH WARNINGS

A new and customisable ‘Digital Cockpit’ will be standard on the Golf R performance model.

It and other models will, variously, have front crash warning and auto emergency braking, blind-spot and rear-traffic monitors (SE and above). Also available will be pedestrian alerts, ‘following’ cruise control, land-drifting alerts, parking radar and park steering assistance, and auto high-beam.

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Pricing for all models will be announced closer to market introduction.

VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Image: VW US / NewspressUSA
VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Yep, advance satnav systems are available – along with new touchscreens. Image: VW US / NewspressUSA

Engine choice will include a 1.8 TSI engine capable of 127kW and 269Nm (249Nm with the five-speed manual). Transmission can be five-speed auto or six-speed auto on S and SE models; auto is standard on SEL units.

‘PREMIUM’ FEATURES

Other interior and exterior updates for the Golf S include diode tail and daytime running lights, auto headlights and wipers, the larger facia screens, power seats and a leather-clad multifunction steering-wheel.

The 2018 Golf SE builds off of the new content in the S trim (already mentioned) and continues “premium” features from the previous year – 16″ alloy wheel rims/tyres, keyless entry, push-button start, voice control and a sunroof – at least in the US.

The Golf SEL gets 17″ alloy rims, bigger touchscreen with satnav and an auto-dimming mirror. Carried over are auto aircon, 12-way driver’s seat adjustment and sunroof while options include lane-drifting and blind-spot monitors, parking radar and help for those who can’t cope with reverse parking, and a premium auto system.

VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Image: VW US / NewspressUSA
VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: More of the same for 2018 from VW on show in New York – along with style changes and some new tech. Image: VW US / NewspressUSA

Still around is the Golf Alltrack and its 1.8 TSI turbo / direct-injection four-cylinder engine, a car that, VW, “can handle a variety of road conditions with its 4Motion all-wheel drive, gradient descent control and greater ground clearance.

The six-speed direct-shift gearbox remains for all models, along with a choice of a six-speed manual for S and SE units.

GO OFF-ROAD WITH THE ROOF OPEN

Updates for the 2018 Golf Alltrack S include the tail and running lights, touchscreen, auto headlights and wipers. Continued are 17″ alloy wheel rims, foul-weather lights, power seats and a leather-skinned steering-wheel.

VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Image: VW US / NewspressUSA
VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Turbo engines are well established in VW’s Golf range. Image: VW US / NewspressUSA

SE Alltracks add sunroof and voice control. while the SEL adds the 20cm touchscreen and satnav. Carried over are 18″ alloy rims, auto aircon, power seats. Options are a driver assist / lighting package with parking prompts and diode headlights.

MORE LUXURY ITEMS

And finally the iconic Golf GTI S, SE, and Autobahn… the 2018 model will be more powerful, its two-litre turbopetrol engine capable of 165kW / 350Nm, and using a six-speed direct-shift gearbox.

The cars will have most of the above-mentioned features but variously add a special design of 18″ wheel rims; reversing camera; stop/start; multifunction sport steering-wheel; ambient footwell lighting; performance brakes; freeway traffic and parking alerts and a limited-slp differential.

Upholstery is plaid cloth, sunroof optional.

The Autobahn model adds suspension control, tilt-‘n-slide sunroof, superior satnav, power driving seat, Fender audio and a full range of traffic alerts and other auto functions.

VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Image: VW US / NewspressUSA
VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: We doubt SA will get it, but this is the power unit in the hybrid VW Golf. Image: VW US / NewspressUSA

There’s also a SportWagen, but as station-wagons are way out of favour we doubt VW SA will want to know about it.

Finally, there’s the superior Golf R with its 220kW turbopetrol power, six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG unit. It also gets most of the driving assistance and automated functions but adds heatable seats.

It’s 19″ wheel rims remain, though of a new design.

VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Image: VW US / NewspressUSA
VW GOLF AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: The is the high-performance R version. Image: VW US / NewspressUSA
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