2018 Volkswagen Golf: Lighter Weight and New Tech Features
The Volkswagen Golf has impressed automotive critics and millions of loyal owners over its decades-long run of success, and for the 2018 model year, it’s excepted to receive a major facelift. It will be lighter, more efficient and more practical, giving it an even more competitive edge in the compact hatchback segment.
With the 2018 Golf, Volkswagen will continue to use the MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten or Modular Transverse Toolkit) platform, which is the company’s strategy for shared modular construction of its transverse, front-engined, front-wheel-drive (optional four-wheel-drive) automobiles. It will be available in several shapes and sizes, two of which are expected to be an estate version and the estate version’s rugged ‘Alltrack’ version. Compared to the current model, the 2018 Golf will be between 35 kg and 70 kg lighter, and will feature a lower and wider design.
The lighter weight should result in improved handling, braking and fuel efficiency. Also the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine to be introduced in the 2017 Golf will also likely be offered. The model range will also include plug-in hybrid, all-electric variant (VW e-Golf), as well as the powerhouse Golf GTI and Golf R models.
Added Cabin Space
The interior of the 2018 Golf is expected to receive a major overhaul as well, with more cabin space. It will also feature better quality materials and a new instrument cluster with a large color TFT display. Additionally, much like the VW Golf R Touch concept that debuted at the 2015 CES, the 2018 Golf will offer gesture control for the HVAC, sunroof and other functions.
When will the 2018 Golf be released?
The 2017 Golf will go on sale next year, and the all-new eighth generation VW Golf will arrive a year later in 2018. Be sure to follow us on the Capistrano Volkswagen Blog for updates on all the Golf models, as well as news and information on Volkswagen-related topics.