2017 Volkswagen Golf specs confirmed ahead of July arrival

21 March 2017
, GoAutoMedia

Volkswagen Group Australia has released specification details for its facelifted Golf 7.5 line-up – which will go on sale locally in July – headlined by boosted equipment levels, revised styling and the removal of all previously entry level 92TSI variants.

The hatch and wagon range instead opens with the 110TSI, which is powered by an 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, while a 110kW/340Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-pot (110TDI) will be the only oil-burning powertrain option. 

The entry-level 110TSI hatch will be available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed 'DSG' dual-clutch automatic transmission and feature a leather steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, multi-function display, LED daytime running lights and tail-lights, reversing camera, seven airbags, and a limited-slip differential (LSD), while 16-inch alloy wheels and forward collision warning with city emergency brake will be included on a base model Golf for the first time.

Further upstream, the 110TSI Trendline – available with manual or DSG for hatches, but DSG-only for wagons – adds automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front and rear parking sensors, and front seat lumbar adjustment, while wagons also receive black roof rails and a luggage partition net.

Another step up is the 110TSI Comfortline, which offers no manual gearbox in hatch or wagon body styles, but increases spec levels with dual-zone climate control, external and internal chrome highlights, 8.0-inch multimedia system with navigation, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 12 volt outlet in the luggage compartment.

Topping the non-performance range will be the DSG-only Highline model grade, which will be offered in either 110TSI (hatch and wagon) or 110TDI (hatch-only) guises.

Included kit for the Highline extends to front fog-lights, 'Vienna' leather upholstery with heated front seats, electronically adjustable driver's seat with memory function, keyless entry and start, LED interior ambient lighting, LED headlights, colour multi-function display, and panoramic electric glass sunroof.

Various option packages are available, too, such as the driver assistance package for Trendline, Comfortline and Highline variants, which comprises adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitor, rear traffic alert, park assist, proactive occupant protection and driving profile selection.

Meanwhile, Comfortline and Highline customers can also add a multimedia package which nets them an upgraded 9.2-inch screen with gesture and voice control, 12.3-inch active info display and 400W premium sound system.

Furthermore, an R-Line package is optional for Highline models, adding 18-inch 'Sebring' alloy wheels, tinted rear and rear side windows, progressive steering and sports suspension.

A Golf Alltrack high-rider will continue to be offered with its DSG-only line-up increasing from one variant to three – made up of the entry-level 132kW/280Nm 1.8-litre turbo-petrol 132TSI, mid-spec 132TSI Premium and flagship 135kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel 135TDI Premium.

Standard gear in the 132TSI includes dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, leather steering wheel, off-road mode, 8.0-inch multimedia system with App-Connect, LED interior ambient lighting, reversing camera, seven airbags, driver fatigue detection, multi-collision brake, limited-slip differential (LSD), front and rear sensors, 17-inch wheels, front fog lights, LED tail-lights and daytime running lights, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Customers of the Alltrack Premium will be compensated for the extra cost with ‘comfort' front seats, the Vienna leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite navigation, LED headlights with cornering function, colour multi-function display and carpet floor mats. 

In addition to the driver assistance and multimedia packages, which will also be available on the high-riding Golf, an optional Alltrack-exclusive sport luxury package includes 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear and rear side windows, panoramic electric glass sunroof, electrically adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support and memory function, gearshift paddles and folding mirrors.

GTI and R hot hatches are scheduled to go on sale in August, but specification levels for those models are yet to be detailed.

However, the GTI's power output will rise to 169kW, equalling that of the supplanted GTI Performance, which will develop 180kW after its update.

Pricing for the Golf 7.5 range will be released closer to its Australian on-sale date in July.

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