2017 Volkswagen Golf Facelift features minor cosmetic changes and a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine
The facelifted Volkswagen Golf has been revealed with styling updates, upgraded interior and a freshly developed 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. The 2017 mid-life update will arrive in international scenes in three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback and estate bodystyles from next year.
As a whole new generation of Golf is due for 2019, the facelift will be keeping perspectives at bay against the main rivals like Ford Focus and recently updated BMW 1-Series in the highly crowded segment. The entry-level variant, with good equipment level, is said to be priced at £17,625 (Rs. 14.84 lakh).
The subtle cosmetic changes to the eight-generation Golf facelift include slightly restyled headlights with different graphics, LED Daytime Running Lights, reprofiled bumper, minor changes to the grille, new full LED main beam function, newly styled rear bumper and full LED tail lamps alongside new exterior colours and wheels, etc.
The interior has undergone considerable modifications as well such as revised dashboard, centre console and door trims. It optionally gets Active Info Display with 12.3-inch high definition display that supports five different information profiles besides driver assistance and navigation function. The customisable digital instrument graphics allows for red theme on the GTI and blue on the GTE.
Volkswagen will be introducing a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with the facelifted Golf. The EA211 turbocharged 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol powertrains will succeed the existing 1.2 TSI and 1.4 TSI models. The new 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit comprises of a Active Cylinder Management for increased fuel efficiency, new combustion process based around the Miller cycle principle and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry.
VW learned and implemented these technical changes derived from Audi new small capacity 2.0L engine. In the Golf 1.5 TSI Evo, the engine in its highest productivity will deliver a peak power output of 148 bhp and 250 Nm of maximum torque delivered as low as 1,500 rpm. The versatile engine in the new Golf 1.5 TSI Evo BlueMotion will only produce 128 bhp and 200 Nm with less CO2 emission and improved frugality.