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Volkswagen Golf 7's Facelift Expected to Be Launched This Spring

Volkswagen could unveil the Golf VII facelift earlier than anticipated.
2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI Bluemotion 1 photo
A report in the German media announced that Volkswagen could launch the Golf VII facelift at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, instead of a delayed launch, set for this fall. The new facelift would bring more technology to the car to make it more competitive in its segment. After all, the Opel Astra received a new generation last year, and the new Astra K features technologies unheard of in the Golf VII range.

According to Auto Bild Germany, the new Golf will get a refined interior with more colors and improved materials. All e-Golf and GTE versions of the Golf facelift will get LED headlights, but no matrix LED technology like in Opel’s Astra K.

Also on the interior, the Golf is reportedly being offered with the optional digital instrument cluster. The GTI, R and e-Golf versions of the German compact car might get the system as standard or at a low rate. A head-up display is expected to be in the options list of the facelift of the Golf VII. Furthermore, the Golf is supposed to receive connected driving technologies, a trailer assist system, improved cruise control, and many more.

Concerning exterior design, the new Golf facelift will get new bumpers, along with a minor sharpening of some elements. After all, this facelift is supposed to last until the upcoming Golf VIII comes along, which is not so far away from production.

The 1.2-liter TSI engine is expected to be replaced by a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder, TSI unit. The new engines will come with similar power levels and provide a fuel economy improvement estimated at 15%.

The biggest news concerning horsepower comes in the form of the R420. The name refers to a concept that was called Golf R400 and featured a 400 HP engine. Volkswagen confirmed their intentions on production for this version after it was first presented in front of a crowd. According to Auto Bild, the production model would feature up to 420 HP, if we take into account the R420 name.

However, the Golf R420 and the new 1.0-liter engines are not the only improvements in the range. The Golf GTE is expected to receive the Passat GTE’s powertrain. This would bring more performance for the compact hybrid without any damage to the fuel economy. The facelift of the Golf is expected to deliver some improvements to the suspension and steering systems, which could bring improved ride and handling for one of the best volume cars in the compact segment.


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