VW Introduces the 2018 Golf Family in New York
Volkswagen has displayed the refreshed Golf range at the New York Auto Show. The entire Golf family gets styling, technology and driver assistance updates.
One of the most noticeable changes is the updated exterior design, which now features sharper lines complemented with new bumpers and a new chrome grille. The new full-LED taillights and daytime Running Lights now come standard. Body colors and wheel designs are also refreshed. Interior updates include new trim panels as well as new infotainment systems, which now feature larger, crisper touchscreens. Driver assistance systems has been also updated and now include forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking (available on most SE trims and above), as is Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. The updated version of front assist now includes pedestrian monitoring, lane departure warning, park distance control, adaptive cruise control, parking steering assistant, and high beam control are also available on some models.
The 2018 Golf comes powered by the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 170 horsepower (126 kilowatts) and 199 pound-feet (269 Nm) of torque. Customers can choose from a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission on S and SE models, while SEL models come standard with the automatic transmission.
The 2018 GTI features a power upgrade – the 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder turbo now makes a standard 220 horsepower at 4,700 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at just 1,500 rpm. All three trims can be paired with either a six-speed DSG automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The S trims equipped with automatic transmission offers a fuel-saving stop-start feature that shuts down the engine while at a stop, and restarts automatically when needed.
The 2018 Golf R is the most powerful Golf model ever to be sold in the North American market, according to the company. It comes equipped with a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI 2.0-liter engine that produces 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The Golf R is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or new for 2018 and exclusive to Golf R a seven-speed DSG dual clutch automatic.
2018 Golf SportWagen under the hood features the same 1.8-liter turbocharged TSI engine mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, or with 4Motion all-wheel drive combined with a six-speed manual or the six-speed DSG automatic. The unit produces 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque.
2018 Golf Alltrack is available with the same 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine as the Golf SportWagen. The Alltrack can be had with a new six-speed DSG or a six-speed manual and offers standard 4Motion all-wheel drive, Hill Descent Control, and increased ground clearance over the Golf SportWagen.
The refreshed Golf family goes on sale later this Fall.