Volkswagen introduced the new 2018 Golf before the New York auto show could go to the floors and the announced pertains to the U.S. specifications of the car that is about to get launched.
The automaker has come up with some huge upgrades for the vehicle including the brand new infotainment system that is found in all their latest models. Named as the Discover Media navigation, it provides a large 8.0-inch touchscreen display. The system was first introduced in the e-Golf and is now finding its way into the base model of the car.
With the announcement, Volkswagen has also confirmed that they are not going to produce any two door hatch models. The manufacturer has decided to go with the four door hatch, wagon editions which will be the only models to be made available in the United States. Major upgrades include chrome grille front fascia, new bumpers and alloy wheel designed combined with upgraded interior components.
The Golf SportWagen uses a front wheel drive setup while the all-wheel drive is an optional choice that buyers could go for with the S-trim. Under the hood, the car is powered by a 1.8-liter turbo four engine which is mated with a five speed manual gearbox. An optional choice would be the six-speed automatic transmission setup.
The Golf GTI is powered by a familiar 2.0-liter turbo four engine that is capable of producing up to 220 horsepower and has 258 lb feet of torque. This is great news for buyers because the need to go with a performance variant of a car has been removed because the base model delivers much better horsepower and everything one would need in a daily commuting vehicle without the price tag.
A range of high quality components are used to construct various variants of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf. It uses VAQ differential, DCC adaptive suspension and the top of the line Golf R produces a solid 292 horsepower making it the fastest car in the series. It also has an optional seven speed unit if you prefer to have it. The car is also equipped with navigation capabilities, another first time addition. Buyers can go with the Golf GTI and the R editions with a dual clutch transmission system. While it may not bring in immediate changes to the performance of the car, it is a definitive improvement over the gearbox provided in the base model and has an integrated start/ stop system to make the car more fuel efficient.