The 2017 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 update has had its initial model lineup and specifications announced ahead of its arrival into Volkswagen showrooms from July. Ahead of receiving new engines and technology for Australia, the Golf Mk7.5 sees a number of technological additions to the range, with the likes of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) now standard equipment.
The Golf 7.5 range also sees the entry 92TSI 1.4TSI model dropped, with the new entry model now called 110TSI with a more powerful 110kW version of the same 1.4TSI now standard equipment with both the hatchback and wagon bodystyles. A 110kW/340Nm 2.0TDI 2.0-litre turbo diesel is also available on the high-spec Highline model, while specifications for the performance GTI and R models are yet to be announced. The mid-range Trendline and Comfortline models continue.
The entry point to the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Mk7.5 range is the 110TSI, only available as a hatchback. It arrives better significantly equipped than the 92TSI it replaces. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, autonomous emergency braking (City Brake in Volkswagen terms), air conditioning, seven airbags, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a rear view camera and Apple Carplay/Android Auto capability, as well as a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel.
Also standard on the 110TSI are LED daytime running lights, LED tailights, Volkswagen’s Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL) and a driver fatigue monitor, which monitors the driver’s steering inputs and recommends taking a break.
Stepping up to the 110TSI Trendline, the entry point to the Golf wagon range, gives you different wheels of the same size, automatic headlights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, front seat lumbar adjustment, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, rear seat armrest with cupholders and a ski pass through, with the wagon also earning black roof rails and a luggage partition net.
Above the 110TSI Trendline sits the 110TSI Comfortline, which Volkswagen predicts will sell the strongest. It sees key equipment additions such as 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, ‘comfort’ front seats with storage boxes underneath, chrome interior and exterior details, as well as chrome roof rails for the wagon.
Sitting atop the normal 2017 Volkswagen Golf range is the Highline, which is available as a 110TSI in both hatchback and wagon variants, and as a diesel 110TDI hatchback. The Highline adds significantly more equipment, such as a panoramic sunroof, bi-LED headlights with front foglights, ‘comfort sport’ front seats with heating, keyless entry and start, electric adjustment and drivers’ memory settings for the front seats, vienna leather seat trim, automatic-folding mirrors, different 17-inch alloy wheels, LED interior lighting and a colour multifuntion display for the driver.
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf wagon is also available as the rugged Alltrack model, now available in two specs: Alltrack and Alltrack Premium. As before, the 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder 132TSI petrol engine mated to a six-speed DSG transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive is the entry-level engine. Standard equipment on the Alltrack 132TSI is similar to the 110TSI Comfortline, and includes dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, 17-inch alloy wheels, selectable drive modes with a special off-road mode, LED interior lighting and front and rear parking sensors.
The Alltrack Premium is available with the 132TSI drivetrain or the new-for-Australia – in the Golf at least – 135TDI 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel mated to a new seven-speed DSG and 4Motion all-wheel drive. The Alltrack Premium’s equipment list stretches to the same ‘comfort sport’ seats with heating and power adjustment as the Highline, bi-LED headlights with cornering functionality, as well as the same ‘Discover Media’ eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation.
Naturally, a range of options are available for the Golf Mk7.5 range. A Driver Assistance Package is available for the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline models consisting of radar cruise control, rear traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, park assist and selectable driving modes.
The Infotainment Package for the Comfortline and Highline adds Volkswagen’s 12.3-inch Active Info Display, a 9.2-inch ‘Discover Pro’ touchscreen with satellite navigation and gesture control and a 400W Dynaudio ten-speaker sound system.
Highline models can also be specified with the R-Line Package, which adds sportier seats, a bodykit, 18-inch alloy wheels, variable-ratio progressive steering, sports suspension and rear privacy glass.
The Alltrack is available with a Driver Assistance Package with Active Info Display, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, park assist and a proactive occupant protection system.
The Alltrack Premium is then available with a Sport Luxury Package, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a panoramic glass sunroof, auto-folding mirrors, an electrically-adjustable drivers’ seat with memory functionality and rear privacy glass. The Infotainment Package adds the 12.3-inch Active Info Display, 9.2-inch ‘Discover Pro’ touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control and a 400W Dynaudio 10-speaker sound system.
Gloss paint options are Pure White (all models) and Tornado Red (Alltrack-only). Metallic finishes available on all Golf models are Tungsten Silver and Iridium Grey. Hatchback and Wagon only metallic options are Tumeric Yellow and Atlantic Blue. Pearl effect finish in Deep Black is available on all Golf variants.
The pricing for the Mk7.5 Golf range is yet to be announced, due to be revealed closer to the car’s Australian launch in July.
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