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Updated Golf revealed by Volkswagen

Thursday 10 November 2016, By Autovolo

Updated Golf revealed by Volkswagen

Updated Golf revealed by Volkswagen

Volkswagen has unveiled the facelifted version of the Golf in Wolfsburg, ahead of it touching down in the UK next year.

The updated car is pitted as being safer, smarter and more connected. It features improved technology, including autonomous driving functions, connected car systems and a new infotainment system.

A new bumper and headlights adorn the front of the new Golf. Customers will also be able to specify LED lights and “dynamic” scrolling indicators as seen on some Audi models.

VW has also installed the new Digital Cockpit, which includes a 12-inch instrument display that can show navigation information. Additionally, there is a new Discover Pro 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that incorporates gesture control.

Discover Pro features 3D navigation and Car-Net apps that can connect to the driver’s smartphone. This can then relay information such as fuel prices and where the car is parked to the driver.

Adding to the new Golf’s safety credentials is a new Front Assist autonomous emergency braking system that can detect pedestrians and apply the brakes automatically to minimise the chance of a collision.

Traffic Jam Assist allows for semi-autonomous driving at speeds below 37mph. So long as the driver keeps their hands on the steering wheel, the car can steer, brake and accelerate by itself.

When the driver’s hands are not on the wheel, the Emergency Assist system will stop the car safely and turn the hazard lights on.

A new 1.5-litre petrol engine will be offered with the new Golf, alongside a similar line-up to the existing Golf’s power plants.

In BlueMotion guise, this engine produces 128bhp and even features a coasting function that can turn the engine off while the car is moving. The new Golf is the first non-hybrid car to offer such a system due to the fact that most cars require the engine to be running for the power steering and braking assistance to work.

VW is also introducing a new seven-speed automatic transmission, while GTI models receive a 10bhp power boost to 227bhp.

There will also be electrified versions of the new Golf offered, with the GTE plug-in hybrid offering 31 miles of all-electric range. The e-Golf, which will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week, will be capable of 186 miles.