VW Debuts 2017 Golf in Wolfsburg

By Christian Stampfer on 10 November 2016
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Volkswagen unveiled Thursday the latest version of the popular Golf at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The 2017 Golf, which is a mid-life refresh of the current Mk7 model rather than all-new, will bring along a number of new high-tech features when it arrives in showrooms.

The Golf will get an all-new infotainment system with gesture control, minor changes to its exterior including new bumpers and updated headlights, and it’s also capable of semi-autonomous driving.

Traffic Jam Assist, which melds the Lane Assist lane departure warning system with radar adaptive cruise control can steer, brake, and accelerate in traffic up to 37 mph (60 km/h).

The base Golf will receive a 6.5” central display but optional models include a mid-level 8” and a 9.2” at the top end. It will be controllable by touch, voice, or gesture similar to the system in the BMW 7 Series, which allows the driver to scroll through menus, pick a playlist, or change radio stations or songs.

Although VW did not specify which engines will be available in the U.S. market, the automaker will offer existing 1.0-liter petrol and 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesel engines along with a new 1.5-liter gasoline engine with cylinder-on-demand technology to save fuel.

VW is replacing its current six-speed automatic with a new, more efficient seven-speed dual-clutch model.

An all-new Golf, the Mk8 version, is slated to be introduced in 2018.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)