This week, Volkswagen will be introducing a whole family of 2018 VW Golfs at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The models range from the base Golf, Alltrack, SportWagen, e-Golf, Golf GTI and the Golf R. These updated models are set to release this summer.
It’s easy to spot a 2018 Golf range from its exterior updates. The new look comes with new automatic headlights, LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, and a chrome grille. The SE trim will be equipped with 16-inch wheels, whereas the SEL trim can be installed with optional 17-inch alloys. The standard safety features from their predecessor will be passed on to the new models including lane assist, park assist, and park distance control.
All models are equipped with a 1.8 liter TSI engine that yields 170 horsepower (126 kilowatts) and 199 pound feet (269 Newton-metres) of torque. For the interior of the base model, there will be a 6.5 inch screen that includes the VW Car-Net App-Connect feature, while there will be an eight-inch touchscreen system that is installed at the center front of the SE trim and higher models with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
As mentioned earlier, the 2018 Golf Alltrack will have the same exterior and interior updates. The engine stays as is, producing 70 horsepower (126 kilowatts) and 199 pound feet (269 Nm) of torque. The Alltrack will have manual and automatic options, both with a six-speed gearbox.
For the SportWagen, the base S and SE trims will exclusively get front-wheel drive. But VW will offer an all wheel drive for the SEL trim. Manual and automatic options are available for the SportWagen with a five-speed manual and six-speed DSG.
The lineup for the 2018 GTI will now be offering three trims: S, SE, and Autobahn with either a six-speed manual or automatic. A four-door option instead of the original two-door will also be an option for buyers. The 2018 GTI can produce 220 horses (164 kW) and 258 pound feet (348 NM) of torque via its 2.0 liter TSI turbocharged engine. For a more luxurious feel, the GTI comes with 18-inch wheels, leather wrapped sport steering wheel and ambient lighting. This model also comes with extra features like the panoramic sunroof, and a premium audio system, plus added safety features including keyless entry.
The range topping Golf R produces 292 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. Thanks to its 2.0 liter TSI engine under its hood, paired with either a six speed manual gear box or an exclusive Golf R seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. Some of the added features are Drive Mode Select, automatic headlights with rain sensor, keyless entry, and for those who want larger wheels, an optional 19-inch alloy wheels.