November 24, 2016 @ 02:05 PM

Volkswagen grants the new Golf facelift with gesture control

Aside from new engines, the new Golf facelift is set to be a game changer with its new generation of infotainment systems

With over 33 million units sold since its inception, it’s safe to say that the Volkswagen Golf is one of the most popular compact car that have ever roamed the Earth. And now, Volkswagen is ready to give its beloved hatchback another round of updates as the 2017 model will soon come with a line-up of new engines and a completely new generation of infotainment systems.


We’ll move on to the engines in a second but first, let’s have a look on Volkswagen’s latest offering: gesture control. As a world first in the compact class, the top-of-the-range “Discover Pro” system features a 9.2-inch screen that forms a conceptual and visual entity with the Active Info Display, enabling it to be operated via gestures.

The driver can now go through various menus such as changing radio stations or going through the playlist with a simple swipe gesture to move the horizontally arranged menu items left or right. They have also expanded the range of online services and enlarging the apps.


Being welcomed in the new Golf is the improved EA211 TSI engine variant, introduced as the 1.5 TSI Evo. This new turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine produces 148bhp and 250Nm of torque and comes with Active Cylinder Management (ACT), followed by a BlueMotion version with a slightly lower 128bhp and 200Nm of torque output.

If you are one of those looking forward in owning a Golf GTI, it’s probably better to wait until this new generation hits the market as VW is boosting up the power output for this hot hatch to a respectable 227bhp and a higher 241bhp for the GTI Performance. As for the gearbox, VW will gradually replace the six-speed DSG with a more efficient seven-speed DSG for the Golf.


For the 2017 model, VW had given a more refined design of all new versions of the Golf for a better presence. The Golf now gets new front and rear bumpers, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRL), new full LED headlights instead of xenon units, new front wings, and a set of new LED taillights which will come as standard for every version.

Offered with new wheels and colours, the interior had also received a series of updates where it’s now finished with new refined décor and fabrics from VW’s “Colour & Trim” design division. It now gets new decorative trim panels in the doors, the dash panel and the centre console, and not to forget new seat covers.


Hussein Zain


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